Splendor and Majesty

“Put your sword upon your thigh, great warrior — in your splendor and in your majesty.” (Psalm 45:4 {verse 3 in English}) The phrase, “the splendor and majesty” is a common one when referring to God. Thus, when David is bringing the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem, he presents the Sons of Asaph with… Read More

Magnificence

“You are more magnificent than the Sons of Adam; grace pours from your lips. Therefore, God has blessed you forever.” (Psalm 45:3 {verse 2 in English}) Many English Bibles translate the first Hebrew word in this verse as “beautiful” or “fair,” though it should be noted that the NIV chooses the better term, “excellent,” here.… Read More

The Last Generation

“Going around Zion, encircle her,  counting her towers, You will establish your heart — the ramparts through her palace. You shall continually write this for the sake of the last generation.” (Psalm 48:13-14 {verses 12-13 in English}) So the singing is continued (previous verse) and while singing those who are in Jerusalem are to encircle… Read More

Rejoice!

“Let Mount Zion rejoice! Let the daughters of Judah shout in exultation! Because of your judgments.” (Psalm 48:12 {verse 11 in English}) What a contrast that we find here between the celebration of the daughters of Judah and the lamentation that Jesus speaks of in Luke 23:28 as he is being led up the hills… Read More

Pondering Steadfast Love

“We have pondered, O God, your steadfast love; in the inward parts of your temple.” (Psalm 48:10 {verse 9 in English}) On the value of pondering the covenant faithfulness of God! How rarely we give ourselves to that practice in an adequate way. In today’s world, it seems that we rarely ponder much of anything… Read More

Agony

“Trembling seized them; labor pains like giving birth.” (Psalm 48:7 {verse 6 in English}) In our society today, how rarely we take seriously the idea of being under God’s judgment. We make jokes about it, there are movies that celebrate it, and people write books suggesting that if anything, Hell would be more fun than… Read More

The Fright of the Condemned

“For behold, the kings gathered together  and they passed by it together.  They saw it and thus were terrified; They were horrified and ran away in haste.” (Psalm 48: 5-6 {verses 4-5 in English}) It does not take much reflection to recognize just how often it plays out in history that the nations have waged… Read More

The Fortified Palaces

“In her fortified palaces, God is made known to be a place of refuge.” (Psalm 48:4 [verse 3 in English]) This the city of God…the palace that has been fortified and protected and situated on Zion, she is a place of refuge. While this was meant to be true in the most literal sense of… Read More

Greatly is Yahweh to be Praised!

“A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Qorah.  Great is Yahweh and very much to be praised —  In the city of our God and on his Holy Mountain.” (Psalm 48:1-2 [verse 1 in English]) The greatness of the city of God is not found in the construction of human hands; it is not… Read More