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Psalm 48

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Illus: What causes you to travel somewhere? Anywhere you could go...where would it be and why?
Illus: Worthy of worship? Sports--Yankees.
Zion is special because God is there.
Kings are overwhelmed by God's actions.
Psalm 8:1 CSB
Lord, our Lord, how magnificent is your name throughout the earth! You have covered the heavens with your majesty.
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Numbers 14:21 CSB
Yet as surely as I live and as the whole earth is filled with the Lord’s glory,
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Isaiah 6:3 CSB
And one called to another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Armies; his glory fills the whole earth.
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Psalm 72:19 CSB
Blessed be his glorious name forever; the whole earth is filled with his glory. Amen and amen.
Habakkuk 2:14 CSB
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord’s glory, as the water covers the sea.
Psalm 48:10 CSB
Like your name, God, so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with justice.
Glory will cover the whole earth.
V11 be glad/ rejoice for God's judgment.
celebrating God's deliverance and mercy in Zion ----> foretaste of New Heavens and New Earth. ,

Yahweh in Zion 1-3

Zion is special because God is there.
Citadels The fortified area of a city, where last stand is made in case of an attack. And it most often occupy the highest ground and was therefore the most defensible position in the city
Where is your strength?
Zaphon--Mountain where Baal, the Canaanite god--sacred Mountain.
Don't be tempted to worship false gods.

Defeat of enemies 4-7

total destruction. Tarshish and cedars of Lebanon.
Both /48 mock the futility of foreign kings who think they might overwhelm the city of Jerusalem.
Strength of man. What does our society think is strong?

Eternal security of Zion 8

Heard-God is present/Seen--his protection
Fear for enemies. Security for believers.
Gospel always divides. Provides hope and judgment.

Celebrating Yahweh's acts 9-11

God is superior in righteousness and in judgments
Covenantal hesed love.
Jerusalem to end of earth
Temple to villages.
Declaring to future generations 12-14
Invitation to join in judging for ourselves.
Have confidence in Yahweh.
Continue passing down the Gospel to the coming generations.
Lamentations 2:15 CSB
All who pass by scornfully clap their hands at you. They hiss and shake their heads at Daughter Jerusalem: Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth?
John 1:14 CSB
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
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