1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
These two verses also make up an old gospel chorus which I have recorded for you. Hope it’s OK!
Is there any doubt in your mind that God is greatly to be praised! He is the creator of all that you see, hear, smell, touch and taste. What an amazing imagination He has to develop all of the different kinds of species in every category. It’s overwhelming to think about!
He’s beautiful for situations! What a wonderful use of words here. We can be assured that God is aware of our situations, and will come to our rescue if we need Him to. It may not be when we think He should come, but He is never late. if a situation goes on longer than you’d like, He has a purpose for that. Just trust Him.
3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge.
4 For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.
5 They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.
6 Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
Again David talks about God is known as the refuge. Then he makes an interesting observation – he says that all the kings came together and they passed by God’s palace and when they saw it they marveled. But they also were trouble and they took off right away because fear came on them.
When we are protected by the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), and God is our place of refuge, the enemy will have a much harder time getting to us. In fact, often he will turn and run before he attacks us. But this takes a very strong commitment – one that I know I have not made. It takes a daily prayer life – not just for yourself but interceding for others. It takes a daily time of worship. I am the temple of God (2 Cor 6:19). so I should be a place of worship. It takes a time of being still and hearing from God, asking him to speak to you. If we can do these things then the enemy will have a tough time breaking us down.
Don’t get me wrong. The enemy still will come and he will do everything he can to discourage us and test our faith. But this is only strengthening our faith when he does that. You see the devil is not too smart. He hasn’t figured out yet that when he tries our faith and get us a corner, that it actually grows our faith, and it makes it harder for him to come against us the next time. I hope you always remember that lesson.
8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.
9 We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.
10 According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.
Here we see David talking about seeing the Lord and seeing his house. God will establish it forever. This was the promise to David that his seed would be the seed of the Messiah, and that it would be established forever. This is my hope – that my children will all serve the Lord, and my grandchildren and their children. The Lord God can establish that.
David talks about the loving-kindness of the Lord in the midst of the temple. Remember, you are the Temple of the Holy Ghost. Do you have God’s love and kindness dwelling within you? Do you allow it to minister to others as you come across their path? We need to be loving everyone around us and letting them know about God. That’s the reason we’re here on this Earth! Paul says we have the ministry of reconciliation, reconciling people to God (2 Cor 5:11-21). Because, as Christians, we have been reconciled, we need to bring others along with us. Your love and kindness of God reaches out to the Lost
11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.
12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
13 Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.
14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death
David says we should rejoice and be glad because of God’s judgments. God is a righteous judge, judging according to whether they are right by His law and He is impartial. He is not a respecter of persons. If you sin it’s the same as if somebody else does. And a small sin (well there’s no such thing as a small sin) is disobedience,.and disobedience is the root of sin. And we only disobey because we think we can get away with it, and that’s Pride. Pride has no place in a Christian’s life.
Now David says that we should mark our territory basically, and then tell our children about it. What this says to me is that our children should know our testimony. No matter how difficult it is to tell it, they need to know what God has done in our life. How he has saved me, taking me out of the drug culture, help me stop drinking and smoking, and is now delivering me from cancer
My God is an awesome God and he will be my God forever and ever. He will never leave me or forsake me and he will guide me on to the end. I’m so glad I have God as my guide. He’s the one that gives me directions every day. I’m doing my best to follow the path that He leads me on. Are you allowing God to be your guide?