Summer Series: Psalms of Zion

In this series, we are looking at several so-called “Psalms of Zion.” Zion is sometimes used in scripture to refer to a special place, sometimes to a special people in a special place – always with the presence of God dwelling with them in a special way.
The word “Zion” is first used to refer to a stronghold David took from the Jebusites (2 Sam 5:7); later the term can be used for the site of the City of David (2 Sam 5:7) or for the site of the temple (Ps 132:13) or perhaps even for Jerusalem as a whole (Is 40:9). God’s people are so identified with that place that they themselves can be referred to as Zion (Is 60:14). But in all these referents, what makes one place or one people special is the presence of God dwelling there with them.
That’s why it’s natural for the writers of the New Testament to see Christ as the cornerstone of Zion (1 Pet 2:6). After all, in that “place” called Christ’s body dwelled the fullness of deity (Col 2:9). As such, Christ is the ultimate Zion. But astoundingly, in the same passage that calls Christ the cornerstone of Zion (2:4-8), Peter can talk about Christians as living stones in that same Zionic house, since God dwells in us through Jesus. For that reason, you’ll hear the preachers in this series talk about Zion by pointing both to Jesus and to the church that is in Him!
But that’s not all. In the end, we have a hope for one final fulfillment of this Zion motif in scripture: when a new Zion – a new Jerusalem – comes down out of heaven from God (Rev 21:2). There, we will dwell with God’s people in God’s place sustained by His glorious, personal presence.
You’ll hear this biblical trajectory of Zion over and over again in our sermons as we explore the intent of the authors of these Psalms, explore what these Psalms say about Christ, and what they say to us today as we experience tastes of Zion while looking ahead to the fullest Zion to come.
If you were at church on Sunday, you heard Robbie Kellogg and Maggie Fensler unveil their retooled version of the hymn “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken,” originally written by John Newton. What a rich song! And what a great job by Robbie and Maggie refreshing it for our benefit.
Click here for lyrics, an explanation of the song, and a paraphrase for enhanced understanding.
Press play below to listen to a recording of the song.