Psalms 87

Zion, the City of God


A psalm of the sons of Korah. A song.

1 His foundation[a] is on the holy mountains.
2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.[b]
3 Glorious things are said about you, city of God.[c] Selah
4 "I will mention those who know Me:[d] Rahab, Babylon, Philistia, Tyre, and Cush[e]- each one was born there."
5 And it will be said of Zion, "This one and that one were born in her." The Most High Himself will establish her.[f]
6 When He registers the peoples, the Lord will record, "This one was born there."[g] Selah
7 Singers and dancers alike [will say], "All my springs are in you."

Psalms 87 Commentary

Chapter 87

The glory of the church. (1-3) It is filled with the Divine blessing. (4-7)

Verses 1-3 Christ himself is the Foundation of the church, which God has laid. Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church. Let us not be ashamed of the church of Christ in its meanest condition, nor of those that belong to it, since such glorious things are spoken of it. Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, even Jesus Christ. The glorious things spoken of Zion by the Spirit, were all typical of Christ, and his work and offices; of the gospel church, its privileges and members; of heaven, its glory and perfect happiness.

Verses 4-7 The church of Christ is more glorious and excellent than the nations of the earth. In the records of heaven, the meanest of those who are born again stand registered. When God renders to every man according to his works, he shall observe who enjoyed the privileges of his sanctuary. To them much was given, and of them much will be required. Let those that dwell in Zion, mark this, and live up to their profession. Zion's songs shall be sung with joy and triumph. The springs of the joy of a carnal worldling are in wealth and pleasure; but of a gracious soul, in the word of God and prayer. All grace and consolation are derived from Christ, through his ordinances, to the souls of believers.

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Chapter Summary


\\<>\\. Whether this psalm was composed by David, in a view of the temple to be built by his son Solomon; or whether by one that returned from the Babylonish captivity, who wrote it for the comfort of those that wept at the laying of the foundation of the second temple; it seems evident that the subject matter of it is the church of God in Gospel times, and especially in the latter day glory: the title in the Syriac version is, ``concerning the redemption of Jerusalem.''

Psalms 87 Commentaries

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