Psalm 48

A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised In the city of our God, in His holy mountain.

2 Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

3 God is in her palaces; He is known as her refuge.

4 For behold, the kings assembled, they passed by together.

5 They saw it, and so they marveled; they were troubled, they hastened away.

6 Fear took hold of them there, and pain, as of a woman in birth pangs,

7 As when You break the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.

8 As we have heard, so we have seen In the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it forever. Selah

9 We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness, in the midst of Your temple.

10 According to Your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness.

11 Let Mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of Your judgments.

12 Walk about Zion, and go all around her. Count her towers;

13 Mark well her bulwarks; consider her palaces; that you may tell it to the generation following.

14 For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.


As I read through this psalm, I was immediately reminded of the song “Light of the World” from the musical Godspell. One verse starts off with the lyric, “You are the city of God”, and if you are a Christian, then He lives in you, and as you live a life where everything you do is as an act of praise to God, and we know clearly from scripture that God inhabits the praises of His people. Then you truly are the City of God.  This brings an interesting perspective to this psalm.  God in you makes you beautiful.  People that might mean to harm you will give up the effort and abandon their plans.  When you cultivate the presence of God in your life it will shine out brightly.  It will scare away those who mean to harm you, and attract those who mean to bless you.  People you interact with will remember it and tell people about the time they met such an amazing person who left such a lasting positive impression on their lives.  Therefore as much as you can, stir up God’s presence in your life.  Make it as much a part of your daily routine as showering or brushing your teeth, because the presence of God will attract much more favor than hygiene habits.

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