Today’s (Su 05/11/2017) FDR is Psalm 87
Although fairly short in only seven verses this psalm has strong links to our past, present and our future as God’s people.
The psalm begins with God establishing His city on the mountain and how much He loves it. Zion (see Ps. 2:6; 48:1) is identified as the favourite and how glorious it is. (v1-3). This picks up on God’s Old Testament (OT) promises to His people Israel, that they would eventually join Him in the Holy City set aside for them and over which He would preside. Also there is a future perspective that this verse encompasses the New Testament (NT) future, mostly written in Revelation. Here in Revelation 21:1-5. In both pictures God is seen as being close to his people (Ps. 121:1).
The purpose of v4 is to describe an end-times picture in which all peoples are together and part of God’s people and He will affirm people as belonging. Here the use of first person voice, (I and me) suggests it is God that is affirming the city and His people.
Verses 5 and 6 reaffirm people who belong to Zion and God’s establishment of this city. Particularly by His keeping of a register of His people who belong here. However both are written in the third person voice and indicate a witness to God’s actions. In other words, ‘Yes, this is happening.’
Verse 7 speaks of the source of God’s peoples safety, fountains or springs, of God’s people as seen in Deut 33:28.
Overall, this psalm is a picture of the special place of God in which His people (OT), now His Church (NT), will live in close proximity to God who both raises Zion and collects and records the people who belong here. As Jesus is the Messiah who brought God’s message of salvation and redemption for all the people of the world. Jesus’ first coming is to bring not the select nation, Israel, into Zion but all His select people, the Church, into Zion under the new covenant. But to do so at Jesus’ next and second coming.
This is the time for us to live in God’s grace and live as Christians in this broken world seeking to be ambassadors for Christ so that God’s Spirit might work in people’s lives bringing them into a personal relationship with Jesus and that they might join us as part of His Church.
“Glorious things of Thee are spoken.”
John Newton (1725-1807) wrote this well loved hymn which reflects on these subjects.
(Thanks to Youtube.com for access to the music and lyrics.)