Finding Yourself in the Psalms

Psalm 48

A Psalm to Celebrate God’s Deliverance

Psalm 46, 47, 48 rejoicing over God’s deliverance from Sennacharib

Psalm 46 – a Prayer

Psalm 47 – a Praise

Psalm 48 – a Proclamation

Four Characteristics of God’s Deliverance

The focus is JERUSALEM

God will protect His chosen ones

There is a future for Israel

God will protect us, whom He has chosen

I. God Provides for His People. 48:1-3
A. Beauty of Jerusalem
B. Power – “utmost heights of Zaphon” -a sacred mountain north of Jerusalem
C. God’s presence
II. God Protects His People. 48:4-8
A. Jerusalem stood strong
B. The odds were against her
C. Those against her were stronger
D. "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them." (Psalm 34:7, NIV)
E. "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." (Psalm 91:4, NIV)
F. "As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore." (Psalm 125:2, NIV)
G. Zech 2:1-5 – blessings of Millennial Jerusalem
III. God Receives Praise from His People. 48:9-11
A. God’s presence prompts us to PRAISE HIM

B. The PRESENCE of JESUS should prompt us to worship Him. "Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me." (John 12:26, NIV)

IV. God’s Greatness is Proclaimed by His People. 48:12-14
A. Look at Jerusalem
B. See her beauty

C. Look at the CHURCH.

Hebrews 12:22-24 God has given us:

1. A CITY we will live in the New Jerusalem
2. Angels
3. The Church of the firstborn
4. To God
5. To Jesus
V. Application
A. The reality of JERUSALEM reminds us that God has also chosen US to inherit a blessing