April 4 – Devotion

Date: April 4

The Glory of Mount Zion

Scripture: Psalm 87

Glorious things of you are spoken,O city of God. Psalm 87:3, ESV

“Zion” is synonymous with the city of God, a place that God loves. “Zion” is Jerusalem— the city of God. “Zion” may also be synonymous with God’s presence or God’s people and, in the Christian era, is sometimes referred to as His church. The site of Mount Zion–the holy mountain–has been moved to three different places the Jerusalemites have considered most appropriate as the focal point of biblical Jerusalem in their own time. The Western Hill is what today is called Mount Zion.

David’s song assumes the Lord built the city and He loved it over other cities in Israel. The psalm also speaks of the city’s good reputation as wonderful things were being told about it, so other countries could come to the knowledge of God. Even the people who lived in surrounding nations would recognize and honor those who were born in Zion. The glory of Mt. Zion, of course, is the presence of the Lord.

We do the same thing today. When asked where we were born, we sometimes boastfully answer with the city or state in which we were born and name our parents. Having a good reputation and a great heritage is a compliment to an individual or city or church and privileges we recognize with gratitude at Clinton and First Baptist Clinton. May our outreach, acceptance of others, and influence in our community continue to be blessed in our work and play so that others may see His good work through us and know from where we come.

As Christians, we also boast of our great heritage. When asked, the majority of us can recite the date, time, and place when we accepted Christ as our Savior. To contemplate why a Holy God would save a sinner like me and accept me into His fellowship is truly an encounter with God’s mercy. Humans were created and placed in the Garden of Eden for the purpose of having fellowship with Him. The Covenant was broken; yet, He continues to love us by sending his Son to die on a rugged cross to restore that relationship. His Spirit now lives in us, and He uses ordinary people like you and me to do extraordinary things for Him. As we go about our lives each day, may our good reputation be “He/She is from Zion–one of His,” because of His great love for us.

This psalm is also a reminder that God’s love is extended to everyone who will accept His love. God continued to bless and strengthen the city and made a listing that included all of His children. Today, our names are included in a lot of listings–telephone, cell phone, E-mail, IRS, FBI, and the list goes on and on. It is marvelous to know that when we accepted Christ as our Savior, our names were written in the most wonderful book of all, never to be removed again. There shall be great rejoicing and praising God for this glorious work of love. May our song and dance continue to be:

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!

(Edwin Excell, “I Stand Amazed in the Presence,” Chicago: 1905).

Prayer for the Journey: May we rest in the knowledge of His great love and saving grace. Amen.

Prepared by:
Smith Sparks

2 Responses to “April 4 – Devotion”

  1. Patricia hasselman says:

    This was a unique and thought-provoking devotional. Thank you, Smith!

  2. Debbie Keen says:

    Beautiful devotion today, Smith! Thank you!

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