Tehillim / Psalms 48, Part 1, Connecting to the Land and the People


This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 48:1-14, David opens the Psalm saying, א   שִׁיר מִזְמוֹר לִבְנֵי-קֹרַח:  A Song; a Psalm of the sons of Korah. (NASB)  David then says ב   גָּדוֹל יְהֹוָה וּמְהֻלָּל מְאֹד בְּעִיר אֱלֹהֵינוּ הַר-קָדְשׁוֹ:  48:1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain. (NASB)  It is interesting how the psalmist directs our attention to praising the Lord, the city Jerusalem, and the holy mountain.  Notice how the land, the people, and the place are connected to the Lord and His praises.  The psalmist continues saying ג   יְפֵה נוֹף מְשֹוֹשֹ כָּל-הָאָרֶץ הַר-צִיּוֹן יַרְכְּתֵי צָפוֹן קִרְיַת מֶלֶךְ רָב: ד   אֱלֹהִים בְּאַרְמְנוֹתֶיהָ נוֹדַע לְמִשְֹגָּב:  8:2 Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King. 48:3 God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold. (NASB) Modern replacement theology today however say it is a mistake to believe God is connected to a people, a land, a city, and a place.  The Psalm continues saying 448:4 For, lo, the kings assembled themselves, They passed by together. 48:5 They saw it, then they were amazed; They were terrified, they fled in alarm. 48:6 Panic seized them there, Anguish, as of a woman in childbirth. 48:7 With the east wind You break the ships of Tarshish. (NASB)  The nations flee and are terrified at the presence of the Lord in this place. Read more here: Tehillim 48-Part1