Psalm 48:1-3 (JDV)
Psalm 48:1 Yahveh is great and highly praised in the city of our God. His holy mountain,
Psalm 48:2 rising splendidly, the whole land enjoys Mount Zion – the summit of Zaphon – is the city of the great King.
Psalm 48:3 God is known as a stronghold in its citadels.
This psalm is about God being a great king, and a great king deserves a great city. The seat of his power and glory is expected to be strong enough to endure and splendid enough to be enjoyed. Jerusalem does not disappoint.
Cities that are planned and constructed well are a marvel of human achievement, but Jerusalem is something more. God himself is known as the stronghold of its citadels.
So, when John sees a picture of the seat of the new universe God is planning, he calls it the New Jerusalem. God himself is its architect. He is planning a city that is strong enough to last forever,and grand enough to be enjoyed forever.
Lord, we long to see your great and glorious city!