Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Psalms 87:4 – 5 (NIV) “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 87th Psalm is at first a challenge, followed by – at least for me – an incredible opportunity to see the restorative power of God’s grace.
Yesterday, as you read through the 86th Psalm, you came across verse 9, which says,
All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.
In prophetic language the Psalmist tells of the glory of the church age when the gospel of Jesus Christ will infiltrate every Gentile nation. Now, in Psalm 87, full degree of the restoration of the nations is revealed. From Egypt (poetically called Rahab here) to Babylon and Philistia, the Psalmist emphasizes that the entire known world will be impacted by the glory of God. We are right now living in the age in which the message of God’s grace is going to the whole world.
I am fascinated by the prophecy of verses 4 and 5 printed above. When any person from any race or nationality other than Jewish comes to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, they are said to have been born in Zion. That is so very significant. The former enemies of God and His people are now declared to be worthy of membership in His chosen family. That is the reason the sons of Korah wrote into this song, Glorious things of you are spoken, O city of God (vs. 3).
In the modern day, John Newton echoed the splendor of God’s restoration of His enemies when he wrote this verse in his hymn entitled, appropriately, Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken.
Blest inhabitants of Zion,
Washed in the Redeemer’s blood!
Jesus, whom their souls rely on,
Makes them kings and priests to God;
’Tis His love His people raises
Over self to reign as kings,
And as priests, His solemn praises
Each for a thank off’ring brings.
The saving grace of God was revealed to all of us in the person of Jesus Christ, born a Jew, to redeem the whole world. I am humbled to know that Jesus Christ died for me, a descendant of Dutch, German, Norwegian, French and English ancestors. He did not come for the Jews alone. Every one of us who has been born again is counted as being born a Jew – the chosen people of God. As Paul puts it, we have been grafted in.
Just as God established the Jewish nation as His chosen people and will fulfill all of His promises to her in the future, so He has established us as His own for all time and will fulfill His promises to us as well. Verse 5 reminds us that the Most High himself has established us.
Every day of our lives we should be thankful that we have been recorded by God among all of those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Every day of our lives we should be praying for those who still do not acknowledge Him.
Every day of our lives we should be sensitive to the Holy Spirit who will lead us into relationships with people so that we may tell them about Jesus.
Every day of our lives we should be prepared and willing to share our love for Jesus and encourage others to come to Him for salvation.
And all this should be done with no regard for race, nationality, or previous history. The enemies of God became nations that acknowledged God. Our past experiences with people should not influence our desire to see them saved from their sin. In fact, the knowledge of their sin should only motivate us more to share the Gospel with them.
So whether it’s in our local community or across the world somewhere, we have been called and empowered to be the witnesses of Jesus Christ to every person in the world. Who will you tell today about Jesus?