This psalm mentions “city of our God” quite a lot which reminds me that because of Jesus, God lives in me. Revelation 21:3 says “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.”
“He has shown himself to be her fortress” (v.3). God is my fortress, my safe place. V.8 tells me that “God makes her secure forever”. My relationship with God is permanent. The prodigal son never stops being a son even in the pig pen. On his return he said I am no longer worthy to be called your son, but the Father would hear nothing of it and demanded the robe, the ring and the sandals be put on the son. Reuben Morgan wrote a song which says: “I’m so secure, You’re here with me, You stay the same, Your love remains here in my heart … You’ll never let me go.” Much in the world is unstable but I know that my relationship as a child of God is secure.
V.5 tells me that the enemy is terrified of me when I know that my security is in God. It reminds me of several occasions in the Old Testament when God confused the enemy and they fled without the Israelites even having to fight. James tells me to submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from me.
V.9 “we meditate on your unfailing love”. To meditate on God’s love, causes me to think about the sacrifice He made for me, the good things He gives me – His peace, His righteousness etc., His words of encouragement in His Word, the time He wants to spend with me, the sense of His presence when I worship Him. As I think about God’s love, my love for God grows in response. As John says, we love because He first loved us.
Love to hear your thoughts on Psalm 48. During this next week I’ll be looking at Psalm 121. I’ll post about it next Thursday.Psalms