Psalm 48 celebrates Mount Zion, the city of the Great King. The city and its temple were symbols of God’s favor and presence among His people.
The psalm describes the city as physically imposing. But it is not the city’s walls or structures that protect it. The city’s true fortress is the presence of God Himself.
God is in her citadels;
he has shown himself to be her fortress. (v. 3)
As we have heard,
so have we seen
in the city of the LORD Almighty,
in the city of our God:
God makes her secure forever. (v. 8)
God’s presence makes the city secure, not its walls.
And inside the city, God’s people gather to worship and to meditate on God’s unfailing love.
Within your temple, O God,
we meditate on your unfailing love.
Like your name, O God,
your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
your right hand is filled with righteousness. (v. 9-10)
The city of the Great King was not to keep God’s presence to themselves, but was to declare God’s praise to the ends of the earth.
God’s presence is our security.
God’s love is unfailing.
God’s praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
He is our God for ever and ever.
For this God is our God for ever and ever;
he will be our guide even to the end. (v. 14)
Father, Your name and Your praise reach the ends of the earth. Thank You for the security of Your presence. Thank You for Your unfailing love. Help me to meditate on Your love throughout the day. Be my guide today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.