Psalm 87 A Psalm of the Sons of Korah
1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.
2 The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
To the nation of Israel, God’s Foundation is Jerusalem. It is the center of all that is Israel. The writer even says here that he loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. That makes sense to me when you consider that Jacob dwelt in tents for hundreds of years out in the rocky terrain of Israel. I would love the gates of Zion more as well.
A very interesting thing is going on right now. The new Administration in the United States is pushing for the U.S. embassy to be moved from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. There’s a lot of controversy around this. Jerusalem is actually the holy city for 3 different religions. The Jews, Christians, and Muslims all claim Jerusalem to be their Sacred City. The Muslim faith wants nothing to do with the Christians having their Embassy in Jerusalem. One of the largest and most revered mosques in the world is in Jerusalem. All three faiths lay claim to Jerusalem and there is contention there all the time about who really owns the city. So there’s a great deal of controversy and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Glorious things of thee are spoken says the writer. There is no doubt that Jerusalem is the crossroad of the world. This little city in this little country stirs up more controversy than any other city on the planet. 3 different religions speak highly of the city of God. They say glorious things about it. This statement in verse 3 is still true today. And it probably always will be because Jerusalem will always be in the center of attention. Isn’t it odd that such a city in such a small country would draw so much attention from the whole world? God is amazing at how He picks the little things of the world to confound the wise.
4 I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.
5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
6 The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
Now it is very interesting to me why he makes mention of Rahab. You remember Rahab. She was the harlot that sheltered the spies when they went into Jericho. She was rescued before Jericho was trampled to the ground and she actually became part of the lineage of Christ. The writer says he’s going to make mention of Rahab. Making mention of Babylon and the other cities is thought to be a prophecy that the Gentiles will eventually call Israel’s God their God. Whether this is a prophecy of gentiles eventually becoming a part of the Kingdom of God or not, it’s interesting that these cities are mentioned.
7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.
We see that the band is assembled again. We talked about this before but I love the fact that they keep talking about the praise band in the Old Testament, consisting of the singers and the players on instruments. I would love to hear the sound of those praise bands from the Old Testament. Playing and singing the Psalms of David. I bet they picked out the best singers and the best instrumentalist to give glory to God and raise up a mighty voice of praise to the Lord. I absolutely love going to Christian concerts and hope to do it more as I get older. Michael W Smith, Chris Tomlin, Big Daddy Weave, Casting Crowns, crowns, and MercyMe would be on the top of my list. Being in an audience that lifts up their hands and worships the Lord is truly heaven on Earth.
He finishes out the psalm by saying all my Springs are in thee. Maybe you’ve never seen a spring. I’m not talking about the kind that looks like a corkscrew and bounces around. I’m talking about the spring of water that bubbles up out of the ground or gushes out of the ground. There is no stopping it. The water just flows continually from underneath the surface. When the writer says all of his springs are in God what it says to me is that he has the joy of the Lord bubbling up inside of him. He has the peace of God that is constantly flowing out of him. He has the love of God as an ever-flowing fountain rising up within him. I want to have springs like that in my being. That those things will constantly flow out of me and reach people who need them on a daily basis.