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June 13 - Morning

"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:
'I will record Rahab and Babylon
among those who acknowledge me —
Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush —
and will say, "This one was born in Zion." '

Indeed, of Zion it will be said,
'This one and that one were born in her,
and the Most High himself will establish her.'

The Lord will write in the register of the peoples:
'This one was born in Zion.'

As they make music they will sing,
'All my fountains are in you.' "

- Psalms 87:1-7

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Citizenship in the Great City of the Lord


Psalm 87, a psalm by the sons of Korah the Levites, is joyful song celebrating Jerusalem, the City of God, called Zion on holy Mount Moriah. The Lord has set deep his foundations on Mount Moriah and surrounded the city of Jerusalem with walls and gates. This is the city God loves. This is the city where God dwells. (Psalm 43:3; Psalm 48:1; Psalm 99:9)

Not only is Jerusalem honored by Israel and the Lord, but other great cities and lands proclaimed Jerusalem’s greatness. The great cities that honored Jerusalem included:

  • Babylon, the great city to the east
  • Egypt (Rahab), the great land to the south
  • Philistia, the neighbors to the west
  • Tyre, the great commercial center to the north
  • Cush, the powerful land far to the south of Egypt

Citizenship of a city could be attained by being born in that city. Then, the patron deity of the city would provide protection for the citizens and exemption from taxes and forced labor. So, likewise, in Psalms 87:4b-6 the focus is on Jerusalem being the city of birth of these favored ones who can claim to have citizenship in Jerusalem.

But, also, in this song of the Great City, the Most High who established Jerusalem will also register the peoples from Babylon, Egypt, Philistia, Tyre and Cush as citizens! These new citizens will make music and sing gladly because they know that all God’s fountains (or, his sources of blessings) are found in this great city. These foreigners have been welcomed as citizens into the Lord’s great and eternal city.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning."
- C. S. Lewis
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Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Ysd (Hb) – to found (Eng) – Ysd refers to the laying of the foundation or the building of foundation walls. (1 Kings 5:17). Ysd can also be used to communicate the thought “to lay the lowest level”.
In 2 Kings 12:13 ysd means “to restore” and “to renovate.”
is an architectural expression that is found in these verses:

  • Job 38:4 - "Where were you when I ladi the earth's foundation?"
  • Proverbs 3:19 - "By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations."
  • Isaiah 48:13, "My own hand laid the foundations of the earth."
  • Zechariah 12:1, "who lays the foundation of the earth."

The prophet Isaiah spoke to King Hezekiah around 701 BC in Isaiah 22:9-10 when he said,

“You (Hezekiah) counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you broke down houses to fortify the wall.”

Excavation of the remains of Hezekiah’s Broad Wall (still visible in Jerusalem) indicates that portions of the wall ran directly through people’s homes and the stones from these destroyed residences were reused in the wall Hezekiah built to help defend the  city from King Sennacherib’s Assyrian forces. (See details here and here and here.)

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I will   "Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little
makes it grow."

- Proverbs 13:11
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Beth Shean, Beth Shan

Map of the eight walls of Jerusalem the Old City

Detailed map showing the eight gates of Jerusalem today, with the Damascus Gate highlighted.
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The Roman city of Beth Shean (Beth Shan) from 63 BC is in the foreground and the Old Testament city of Beth Shean is in the grassy hill or tel in the background. Saul's body was hung on the walls of Beth Shean.
(1 Samuel 31)
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