Psalm 87 — The people of God

This psalm is talking about Jerusalem, but as I read it, I really see the love God has for his people, and how he rejoices over us.

The psalmist says of Jerusalem,

He has founded his city on the holy mountain.  The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.  Glorious things are said of you, city of God (1-3).

I suppose the question is why does God have such love for the city?  I think the answer is found not in the physical structure of the city itself, but of the people who lived there.  Namely, the people that God had chosen for his own.  And because of his great love for his people, he established this city for them, and made it a place of of renown.

He then talks about how even those who had been enemies of Jerusalem, even the ancient ones  such as Egypt (Rahab, as mentioned in this psalm), Babylon, and Philistia would come to acknowledge God because of her.  And people would be proud to say, “This person was born in Zion.  And that one too.”  Not only that, God himself would write their names in his register.

I can’t help but think that this is a picture of God’s intention for his church here on earth.  We know of course, that the church is not simply a building.  The church is God’s people, and as God poured out his love over Jerusalem, he now pours his love over us.

And he desires us to make a difference in those around us.  That even those who hate us because of Christ, would come to know him through us.  That when we all reach the new Jerusalem, God can point to his book, and say, “This one was born here in the church I established.  And this one.  And this one.”

Somehow as I read these words, I detect a sense of pride as he proclaims each name.

And after God’s roll call, every one of us will sing and cry out to him, “All my fountains are in you.”  (7)

That is, “Lord, you are the source of life, love, and joy in my life.”

You and I, as God’s church, are the people of God.  God loves us and rejoices over us.  But let us make it our goal to bring in as many people to his kingdom as we can.  Let us be that beautiful city on the hill that cannot be hidden.

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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