Daily Devotion – July 2, 2018

Psalm 48

A Song. A Psalm of the Korahites.
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation,
is the joy of all the earth,
Mount Zion, in the far north,
the city of the great King.
Within its citadels God
has shown himself a sure defence. 

Then the kings assembled,
they came on together.
As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
they were in panic, they took to flight;
trembling took hold of them there,
pains as of a woman in labour,
as when an east wind shatters
the ships of Tarshish.
As we have heard, so have we seen
in the city of the Lord of hosts,
in the city of our God,
which God establishes forever.

Reflection by Janet Derby

I am not always a fan of big cities. Given a choice, I generally prefer nature – mountains, rivers, and flowers to concrete and marble and glass. So, when the psalmist refers to the city of our God, it doesn’t always resonate with me. However, last week I took a boat tour of Chicago which was full of information about the architecture of the city. It gave me a great appreciation for the skyline of the city and the impression of influence and authority it infers. Images speak so much louder than words, so I can well imagine why the assembled kings would tremble at the sight of God’s city. Whether we use an image of a holy mountain or a citadel, we can take comfort in the powerful protection of our God.

Sheltering God,
We praise you and thank you for the many images of your loving protection. Help us to remember that we are always safe in your care. Amen.

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