As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God, which God will establish forever. We have thought on your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple. As your name, O God, so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with righteousness. Let Mount Zion be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of Your judgements! Walk about Zion and be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of Your judgements! Walk about Zion, go around her, number her towers, consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever. (Psalm 48:8-14)
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It is easy to get lost in our own world. To be overwhelmed with the endless to-do lists. The endless parading of others success on social media. To look around and wish things were different. To long for a better future - when hopefully we will be more secure and more confident.
We live in a crazy world. Our enemy is around every corner. He tries and tries to fill our minds with lies and doubts of God's goodness. We feel the weight of comparison. We feel the unsettling burden of the list of things we wish we were. We are unsatisfied. We are conflicted. We are distracted. We are right where the enemy wants us.
But this is not the Lord's desire for our perspective. We are not to feel timid and afraid but to praise and rejoice, declaring His righteousness and judgment.
I am not in ‘my’ world with ‘my’ list of goals to be successful on ‘my’ own. I am in the “city of the Lord of hosts.” I am His. He has given me all that I need.
He has give you all that you need.
“As we have heard, so we have seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God, which God will establish forever.” (v. 8)
We, as the body of Christ, are already living in the Kingdom of God. We are to call out His work among a dark world. We are to not back down out of insecurity and fear, but to rise up and rejoice in His continual work in us.
Psalm 24:1-2 says “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.”
The Lord's fullness is here. It is in Christ. It is in His people; His established kingdom. It is through the Body of Christ that we are given encouragement and boldness to share with vulnerability and battle comparison. It is amidst our brothers and sisters that gladness will ring out even through hard situations.
We are called to walk about our lives and count the overflow of blessings: our provisions, our gifts, our times of rescue, and moments of redemption; to see His strengths in the midst of our weakness.
May we tell someone today that “This is God,” through the testimony of our daily lives - even if we think it may not be worthy, someone needs to hear our story.
The consideration of His faithfulness will give us the hope to fight and bravery to tell others of His love. The consideration, that is. So will you take time and consider His faithfulness?
Surely, “He will guide us forever.” (v.14)
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