Psalm 87

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Each day is full of excitement because God can be with you at all times and at any place; like when working, washing dishes, soaking up rays, or even scaling up a mountain.

There is plenty of excitement expressed in Psalm 87. Zion is one of the hills of Jerusalem and in biblical times, it is an emblem of the household of God or the church of God established by Him that continues to be strong because He is founder and protector.

Click on this piano piece link: In The Garden: Norm Hastings, Piano. While listening, reflect on today’s reading. What lesson is God teaching? Think about what you may pray for today. Is there a plan of action God is giving you today?

With Christ as leader of the church, God has given us a glorious and excellent plan that is greater than any of the nations of the earth. In prayer today, be thankful for God’s church and how it is the perfect institution in our world established by God to meet all our needs.

Get excited about each day. In the book “Game Plan for Life”, Tony Evans writes that Jesus had a zeal for His Father’s house that consumed Him; Paul said his ministry was his ambition or passion; Jeremiah said his calling became like fire in his bones that he couldn’t shake.

This day with God, you will have new ideas formed and new thoughts crystallized. My prayer is that you turn them into pieces more precious than diamonds.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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4 Responses to Psalm 87

  1. Pingback: I Love the City: Psalm 87 « Psalmslife.com

  2. summathetes says:

    Mark,
    I enjoy your passion to make much of God and invite others to experience richness with him. So sweet. In your thoughts on Psalm 87, you suggest that Zion represents the church (“Zion is one of the hills of Jerusalem and in biblical times, it is an emblem of the household of God or the church of God”). Seeing as this psalm was written so very many years before the establishment of what could be called the church, do you think you might be reading into the psalm something that might not be there? None of the first readers of Psalm 87 could have thought of “the church of God.” Is there a way for believers in our day and time to understand passages like Psalm 87 without having to suggest that they are referring to things that the original hearers/readers could not have understood? Just thinking with you about how we remain faithful readers of the text! Grace to you, Summathetes

    • Mark Shields says:

      Thanks for your comment. When I read Psalm 87, is seems to be prophetic. We have the advantage today to read the Psalms with a different view point than the first readers. Today, we have the advantage of history and can understand more clearly. Thanks again for stimulating my thinking on this reading.

  3. Pingback: I Really Love This City: Psalm 87 | Psalmslife ♥

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