Psalm 48

Psalm 48  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 7
The same God of Jacob is looked at in a still onward stage of His glory. In the last Psalm He had just “gone up” to His throne, as after victory—here He is seated, as King and Priest, in His temple and on His throne. And because of this, Zion is the joy of the whole earth, as it has just proved itself the terror of all evil confederacies. Hope is now realized, and faith has become sight. “As we have heard, so have we seen.”
The beauty of Jerusalem in the day of the glory is celebrated by the prophets, as well as the beauty of Messiah—the comeliness of the city as well as that of the Son of David—of the queen as of the King in the days of the kingdom. (See Psa. 45.) So here we are told to walk round her and survey her wall.
Isaiah 60 sets forth her honor and praise in these days. For David and Jerusalem were by ancient decree linked in one covenant of peace and joy—the Lord of Israel saying, “Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe for thy son, for David my servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I have chosen” (1 Kings 11:1313Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen. (1 Kings 11:13)).