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March 7, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Deuteronomy 24-27
Audio: Deuteronomy 24-27

Psalm 87 (ESV)

A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. A Song.

On the holy mount stands the city he founded;
    the Lord loves the gates of Zion
    more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.
Glorious things of you are spoken,
    O city of God. Selah

Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;
    behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cush—
    “This one was born there,” they say.
And of Zion it shall be said,
    “This one and that one were born in her”;
    for the Most High himself will establish her.
The Lord records as he registers the peoples,
    “This one was born there.” Selah

Singers and dancers alike say,
    “All my springs are in you.”

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. On the holy mount stands the city he founded;
      the Lord loves the gates of Zion (Psalm 87:1-2a)


    The word "Zion" appears 163 times in the ESV and is a reference to Jerusalem, the city of God. The meaning of the word is fortification (as in the raising of a monument). 

    The first time Zion is mentioned in Scripture is 2 Samuel 5:7, "Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David."

    Zion also represents the people of God in Isaiah 60:14…

    The sons of those who afflicted you
        shall come bending low to you,
    and all who despised you
        shall bow down at your feet;
    they shall call you the City of the Lord,
        the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

    …and to God's kingdom (Hebrews 12:22)…

    "But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering."

    In a devotional at Ligonier Ministries it says, "In the first half of chapter 12, we read of the need for us to strengthen ourselves and avoid sin so that we will persevere in faith until the end of our lives. As verses 18–24 make clear, we must do this because of the better covenant we now live under. For we have not come to Mount Sinai and the restrictions made there regarding our access into God’s presence (vv. 18–21). Rather, we 'have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering (v. 22).

    "We must strengthen ourselves for the race ahead because of the better days in which we live. We no longer live anticipating the coming of the Messiah; rather, we live after the Messiah has come. We have come to Mount Zion, only now it is not the physical Mount Zion. As the rest of verse 22 makes clear, it is the heavenly Mount Zion to which we have come — the heavenly city where perfection already reigns."

    The Apostle Peter quotes Isaiah 28:16 in 1 Peter 2:6 saying…

    "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
        a cornerstone chosen and precious,
    and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."

    As for the "gates of Zion" mentioned in today's psalm, John MacArthur notes in his Study Bible, "The gates represent the access of the potential worshiper into the city where he could come into a special worshiping relationship with God."

    I can't help but think of the comforting words of our Lord in John 15:15, "No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you."

    How wonderful to have a special worshiping relationship with God through and in Jesus Christ!

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "You Have the Words of Eternal Life" by Matthew Henry

    "Father, you have commanded us to pray always, with thanksgiving, and to never stop praying for all the believers.

    You have commanded us to continue in prayer, and in everything, by prayer and supplication, to make our requests known to you.

    You have directed us to ask, seek, and knock. And you have promised that we will receive, we will find, and it will be opened to us.

    You have appointed us a great high priest, in whose name we may come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may find mercy and grace to help in time of need.

    You have assured us that while the sacrifice of the wicked is an atrocity, you delight in the prayer of the upright. The praise of the upright glorifies you, and their sacrifice of thanksgiving will please you.

    You are the one who hears prayer, so we come to you. You tell us to seek your face, and our hearts answer: we will seek you!"

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

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