PSALM 48:1-3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness.
2. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
3. God is known in her palaces for a refuge. KJV
Situation – c) elevation
Mt. Zion – c) a term for Jerusalem – the city of David – out permanent capital, mountain of Jerusalem, a guiding pillar – a desert, solitary place, wilderness.
Refuge – d) shelter or protection from danger, difficulty, etc., a place of safety.
This Psalm is all about the temple of the Lord. What is the temple of the Lord? We know the temple was built by Solomon, David’s Son. It was so overwhelmingly beautiful that it took the Queen of Sheba’s breath away. 2 Chronicles 9 says that Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. The king made silver as common as stones (vs. 22-26).
That temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon because of Israel’s Idolatry. It was never rebuilt to the same level again. Jesus said He would destroy the temple and build another in 3 days, Mark 6:58. We know now He was speaking of Himself.
Revelation 21:22 I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Omnipotent (Himself ) and the Lamb (Himself) are its temple.
Revelation gives us a preview of the temple. It says that praises go on forever and ever throughout the eternities of eternities. Those who have been washed by the Blood of the Lamb are now before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple. REV. 7
If we do not like praising God here and now, we won’t like it then. This is our time to learn His ways and keep His commandments. He repeatedly tells us over and over in the Psalms to Praise The Lord. He is Great and Greatly to be Praised. Our praises to Him never go away.
He keeps records of our praises as He does our prayers. He wants worshippers who will worship in Spirit and in Truth. We must learn to be in the Spirit and not the flesh. We must learn to worship in Truth and mean the words that we sing to Him. This is the time and place for us to learn. Once or twice a week at Church is just not enough.
If we love Him we will want to sing it to Him over and over and over again. That is what we will be doing in heaven. He will not force us to sing His praises. It must come from the heart of a cheerful giver. Now is the time to learn. There are so many benefits that come down to us during heartfelt worship.
Revelation 7:15…and He Who is sitting upon the throne will protect and spread His tabernacle over and shelter them with His presence.
These who worship are still on the earth because they would not need to be protected in Heaven. His temple or Presence is the city of refuge and safety. We are all in need of that safe place.
If we put other loves first in our life we will be like Solomon’s temple. He will not take second place to anything. He is coming back for those who love Him. He is worthy of all our love and more than deserving of first place. He will have the first place in heaven. Let us adjust our lives to His ways so we can join in on the singing for:
GREAT IS THE LORD AND GREATLY TO BE PRAISED!
There is none like the Lord, and there should be no praises like His praises. The Lord can only be fittingly praised by holy people and they should continually be occupied with his worship.