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The City of God Psalm 48

The City of God

Who would have thought that a city could teach us about God?

At a Glance

No city in the world evokes as much passion -- love and adoration -- and heated political opinions as the city of Jerusalem. The writer of today's psalm is virtually euphoric about a city that -- already in his own time -- was an ancient city. Why? And what does this paean to the city of God say to us today?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Soul-Scrubbing," July 6, 1997, at

Verse 1 announces the theme: "Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God."

City of our God.

City of God.

This is a powerful tagline for the Jebusite city David conquered when he moved his capital from Hebron. He named it after himself, a sobriquet that stuck. It was also called Jerusalem and Zion.

But "city of God"? That's huge.

Many cities like to think that they have personality and character that is unique to them. Think of New Orleans, Savannah, Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, et al. to reference only U.S....

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