Scripture reading – Psalm 87
The title of Psalm 87 is “A Psalm or Song for the Sons of Korah.” Who were the “sons of Korah?” They were of the priestly tribe of Levi, and descended from of the lineage of Kohath, one of three sons of Levi (the other being Gershon and Merari). The Kohathites duties were sacred, for they were assigned the care of the Tabernacle furnishings, including the Ark, the lampstand, tables, altar, and the curtains.
Psalm 87 is one of a number of psalms assigned to the “sons of Korah,” who not only served as musicians for worship, but became the guards or gatekeepers of the Tabernacle in David’s day (1 Chronicles 9:19-21). The time or occasion of the psalm is not known; however, I believe it had prophetic implications.
The focus of the psalm is Zion (87:2), the mountain range where Jerusalem and the Temple were built. We read, the LORD laid the “foundation” for worship on the mountains of Zion, and it was the place He loved “more than all the dwellings of Jacob” (87:2). Of Zion, the city of Jerusalem, we read, “3Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah” (87:3).
I believe the glory of Jerusalem was not only that it was the place of worship for Israel, but will prophetically become the place of “the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven,” where Christ will reign (Revelation 21:2-3).
Various nations are mentioned in Psalm 87:4, and it is noted that men would boast of the city of their birth. One man would boast he had been born in Rahab (Egypt, Isaiah 30:7), another in Babylon. Other men would boast that Philistia, Tyre, or Ethiopia was their place of birth (87:4).
Sincere believers, those who have been born again by faith (John 3:3, 16), will boast that they are the citizens of Zion, for the LORD, “the highest himself shall establish her [Jerusalem, the city of Zion]” (87:5). If you are a born again believer, you are a citizen of New Jerusalem by salvation! When “the Lord shall count [take the final census], when he writeth up the people [in His book], [it will be said of the children of God]… this man was born there. Selah” (87:6).
With the final census taken (Revelation 20:12-14), and the judgment of those whose name was “not found written in the book of life” past (Revelation 20:15), new Jerusalem will “come down from God out of heaven” (Revelation 21:2). “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
What a great day that will be! Christ will sit upon His throne in Jerusalem, and “the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: All my springs [i.e. fountains of living water] are in thee” (87:7).
Friend, is your name written in “the book of life?” When the final census is taken, will you be able to say of Jerusalem where the LORD will reign, “I was born (again) there?” (87:6)
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