Psalm 87 — Love For The Gates Of Zion
Psalm 87:1-7 NIV
This short psalm sums up God’s desire to save everyone. It is a very encouraging psalm for all of us.
He has set His foundation on the holy mountain;
the Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
Glorious things are said of you, O city of God: Selah
God set the foundation to establish Jerusalem, also known as Zion. In the Old Testament, Zion also refers figuratively to Israel as the city of God (Isaiah 60:14). In the New Testament, Zion refers to God’s spiritual Kingdom, “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly.” (Hebrews 12:22)
God loves the gates of Zion more than all the places Jacob had stayed in, which included Canaan and even Egypt. The gates are where people go through to enter Zion, and God loves just that. He rejoices as we come into His Church.
“I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge Me — Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush — and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’”
Indeed, of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High Himself will establish her.”
The Lord will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.” Selah
As they make music they will sing, "All my fountains are in you."
God said that He will record Rahab (which was the emblematic name of Egypt), Babylon, Philistia (the archenemy of Israel), Tyre and Cush (pagan countries) among those who acknowledge Him. They may all be Gentiles, but God will record them as being born in Zion.
A Gentile can become a Jew by going through purification by immersion (t’vilah), which is similar to our baptism today. We entered the Kingdom of God when we believed in Jesus, repented of our sins and got baptised. And because of that, we can rejoice and “make music” to praise God. Just as described in Hebrews, we “have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly.”
How does God look at the enemies of Zion? We were once enemies of God (Colossians 1:21), but He desires to make all of us citizens of Zion. Knowing God’s desire to save everyone, are we like Jesus when we look at people who are yet to know God? May God help us to have love for the gates of Zion.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit. Andy joined the Central Christian Church in 1990.