For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: 14 “This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
Zion here is a reference to Jerusalem. Having read of all that takes place in Jerusalem throughout the scriptures and then visited Jerusalem on four different occasions, I can say that the more I consider the role it plays in God’s plan now and in the end, the more excited it becomes. Israel, with Jerusalem as its capital, is about the size of New Jersey. How thrilling it is to consider the international attention and tension this small country draws. Why? Because it is a place specifically chosen by God to be apart of Himself, both in the past, in the now…and forever!
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!
There are few things more pleasant than when the body of Christ is united. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. All too often, the body of Christ drifts from the centrality of Jesus Christ in the Bible, and His teachings within the scriptures which leads to dissension, arguments and disunity. We must take to heart what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:10, “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” If we keep our eyes wholeheartedly upon Jesus, unity will automatically follow.
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, And bless the Lord.
I love to lift up my hands to the Lord. I think it is important to do so, especially when we are singing songs that say so. If we sing a chorus that says, “I lift my hands to the Lord” and fail to lift them, we would be better off not singing that song.