My whole source of joy is in you!
This is the song of the citizens of Zion.
The Old Testament tells the story of how God set apart a people for Himself, how He chose to dwell among them, and how through His people He extends an invitation to all people of every nation to worship Him, the One true God.
God established the city of Zion as His special dwelling place, a city known as the City of God. Here, in the dwelling place of the Most High God, are springs of joy. God’s presence is the source of joy, the wellspring of life and renewal for His people.
Singers and dancers alike will say, “My whole source of joy is in you.”
This joy of God’s presence is to be shared with the world.
Indeed, God is my salvation;
I will trust him and not be afraid,
for the LORD, the LORD himself,
is my strength and my song.
He has become my salvation.”
You will joyfully draw water
from the springs of salvation,
and on that day you will say:
“Give thanks to the LORD; proclaim his name!
Make his works known among the peoples.
Declare that his name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things.
Let this be known throughout the earth.
Cry out and sing, citizen of Zion,
for the Holy One of Israel is among you
in his greatness.”
Citizens of Zion make God known and proclaim His name among the peoples throughout the earth, sharing the joy of salvation, and extending the invitation to become part of God’s family.
We tell the rest of God’s story.
We tell others that Jesus, the Son of God – Immanuel, God with us – came to walk among us. We tell them Jesus walked through the streets of Jerusalem, the City of Zion, carrying a cross. We tell them Jesus was crucified outside the city, dying to pay for the sins of the world, His blood becoming the spring of salvation for all who call on His name.
At that time you were without Christ, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who made both groups one…
At the cross, outside the City of Zion, those who were once enemies of God receive a new identity, renouncing sin and old allegiances, choosing to submit to God’s kingdom and authority.
And one day, the City of Zion will be made new.
On that day, all will be made right and those who have been to the cross for salvation will enjoy God’s presence forever.
Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away. Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will freely give to the thirsty from the spring of the water of life.
God’s presence is our source of joy, today and forever.