Psalm 48

Psalm 48  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 6
Israel’s God in Zion, the praise of the whole earth
Psalm 48 completes this series. Jehovah is fully established as Israel’s God in Zion, now the praise of the whole earth, the city of the Great King, and in whose palaces God is well-known as a refuge. The kings were assembled; they found another sort of power there than they thought of, marvelled, were troubled, and hasted away. The power of the sea was broken by the east wind, and Jehovah’s hand manifested there too. The psalm beautifully refers to the beginning of Psalm 44, where they had said in their distress, We have heard with our ears ...the mighty works of the fathers’ days. Now they say, As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of Jehovah Sabaoth, the city of our God. They do not now say, as in Psalm 42, “I had gone with the multitude,” but now cry to Thee from Jordan; but in sweet and unendangered peace, “We have thought of thy loving-kindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.” God’s name they had trusted, but now His praise was according to it. He had come in in power. It was so to the ends of the earth. He calls on Mount Zion to rejoice because of these judgments, with the joyful assurance that this God is their God forever and ever; their life long will He guide and bless them. It is an earthly blessing, and death, the last enemy, is not destroyed (vss. 11-14).