Daily Devotional: Psalms 87:1-7
1 He has set his foundation on the holy mountain; 2 the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. 3 Glorious things are said of you, O city of God: Selah 4 "I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me--Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush--and will say, 'This one was born in Zion.'" 5 Indeed, of Zion it will be said, "This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her." 6 The LORD will write in the register of the peoples: "This one was born in Zion." Selah 7 As they make music they will sing, "All my fountains are in you."
22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
Somewhere, over the years, our society has lost the ability to feel shame. At the same time, we have lost the ability to respect and reverence that which is holy. It seems that our casual attitudes have brought us to the point where we are the only thing that matters and all else is beneath us. This has caused us to lose our personal responsibility for our actions. This has (too often and for too many) changed our attitudes about religion and God so that we make our service to him about us and what we can get out of it instead of honoring him as God.
The city and the hill of Zion was holy to Israel because it was the dwelling of God. His name was holy and was used with reverence and awe. The nation of Israel were the people of God and was considered a holy nation, existing for the purpose of bringing glory and honor to him as the only true God of all things.
We, the people of God, are his holy temple. He dwells in us and we are to bring glory and honor to his name in all we do and say. We must never approach him in a flippant manner or casual attitude. He is holy and we must reverence his Name.
Great and Holy God, your name is Wonderful above all the earth. You have made me and you have delivered me from sin and the kingdom of Satan. I owe you my physical life and everything spiritual. Because of your grace, I come to you in awe of your power and your majesty. I reverence your name above all names and ask you to empower me to live for you in all I do and say. I ask you to help those who are faced with physical problems but even more, I ask you use me to help reach those who are lost in sin. With thanksgiving I come to you in Jesus name.