September 7, 2021

On the holy mount stands the city he founded; the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. Glorious things of you are spoken, O city of God.
Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon; behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cush — “This one was born there,” they say. And of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”; for the Most High himself will establish her. The LORD records as he registers the peoples, “This one was born there.”
Singers and dancers alike say, “All my springs are in you.” (Psalm 87)
Jerusalem is considered the “city of God.” (v.3); it is a holy place. The Jews that live in Jerusalem think of its soil and air to be holy and sacred. Every day in their prayers, they mention the city of Jerusalem. It is also interesting to note that when they pray, they face in the direction of Jerusalem. Moreover, at the close of every Passover Service, they state, “Next year in Jerusalem,” and recall the city in their blessing at the end of each meal.
Although being a part of God’s chosen people is vital to them, to be a person born in Jerusalem holds a great honor to them as we see mentioned in (vs. 5-6), “And of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”; for the Most High himself will establish her. The LORD records as he registers the peoples, “This one was born there.” There leaves no question; their pedigree matters immensely.
How much do we value do we put on being born into the family of God? In Jerusalem, God dwelled in the Holy Place. For us, as Christians, God lives in our hearts. Before Christ, though, only the High Priest could enter the Holy Place. However, because of the atonement of Jesus, every believer now has access to the Father.
My wonder for us as Christians, do we take our spiritual pedigree for granted? How valuable is it for us to know we have been born into a royal family? We are children of the King of kings and Lord of lords. The Apostle Paul penned it this way in (1 Peter 2:9), “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” What joy to know God chose us because we are unique to Him and gave us the gift of having a relationship with Him. What freedom we have in going to our Father in Heaven in prayer. What power we have available to us being filled the God’s Holy Spirit.
Friends, the question is, how long has it been since we sat quietly and thought about the fact that God is with us? Friend, God is with you! You are not alone. Everywhere you go and every step you take, He is there. God will lead you, guide you, and direct you if you allow Him to. He is a companion and a friend. He will never leave you or forsake you, regardless of where life has taken you. He alone satisfies unlike anything in this world. May you retreat to that Holy Place and drink in the Presence and Grace of our Great Father in Heaven? Would you pray with me?
As I cross the threshold of this day, Father, I commit myself, soul, body, affairs, and friends, to Your care. May You watch over, keep, guide, direct, sanctify, and bless me? As I incline my heart to Your ways, mould me into the image of Jesus, as a potter forms clay? May my lips be a well-tuned harp that sounds praise to Your Name? May those around see me living by Your Holy Spirit, trampling the world underfoot, unconfirmed to lying vanities, transformed by a renewed mind, as my body is covered with the entire armor of God. Father, may Your light within me never show dim but show holiness in all my doings? For I ask these things in the Precious Name of Jesus, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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