Read Psalm 48
Focus on verses 1-3
There is a day coming, according to ancient prophecy, when God will dwell on Mount Zion in the city of Jerusalem. There are quite likely many who do not believe these ancient prophecies, whether or not they will be fulfilled remains to be seen. What is interesting to me is how this one little patch of sand and stone in the Middle East, now called Israel – formerly called Palestine – prior to that call Israel – prior to that call the land of Canaan, can continue to capture so much of the world’s attention. What could be so important about this little strip of land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River?
Perhaps there is some credibility to the historical writings and prophecies of old that foretell of a time when God will return to the place where He once walked in human form? If there really is no significance to what has been written in the Bible and other ancient texts about this place, why does it continue to have such a transforming effect on human civilization?
Two Thousand years ago, one man who claimed to be God, walked the roads and fields of Palestine, preaching a message that continues to change the lives of people to this day. Our calendar by which we mark the days is numbered from the year this man was born. No person in history has had a more dramatic and lasting impact on human civilization. What if the ancient prophecies are true? What if the day does come when Jesus Christ returns to the earth as He claimed He would? What if the vision the son of Korah describe in this psalm are accurate, and we live to see the day when the King of Kings returns to the City of God to rule the nations of the earth?
It seems rather far-fetched, like something out of a sci-fi movie, yet if it turns out to be true, it would be problematic to find oneself on the wrong side of it. Add to this the benefits that knowing and serving the King of Kings brings us even in our current situation, and it really becomes a win-win decision. Experience the peace of mind and soul that comes from having made peace with God, and rest assured that if the ancient prophecies are true (which I expect they are) that you will land on the right side of history. I suppose there is the option of holding on to the hope that the prophecies turn out not to be true, and continuing to live in denial of the guilt of your past that your conscience reminds you of every day. I guess what I don’t understand is why one would choose that option when the other option is available?
This much I know – I believe that one day, one way or another, I will see and experience that great City of God that will be the joy of the whole earth! In the mean time… I praise God every day for the hope and peace that He gives me to continue living and serving Him by His grace.