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Saturday, November 2, 2013

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Glorious things are spoken of you, O Zion, city of God!

In his great hymn, “Glorious Things of thee Are Spoken,” John Newton meditated on the joy of belonging to Zion’s city!  The last stanza is especially moving:

Savior, if of Zion’s city

I through grace a member am,

Let the world deride or pity,

I will glory in thy name,

Fading is the worldling’s pleasure

All his boasted pomp and show

Solid joys and lasting treasure

None but Zion’s children know.

In this Psalm David is sure that the Lord notices especially those born in Zion.  How joyful the Lord is when people from enemy nations – Rahab (Egypt) and Babylon (Israel’s primary foes), and also Philistia and Tyre – come over to Zion and are “born again” into God’s Kingdom!   He notices where people are born, and takes delight in receiving them into His everlasting kingdom.

Prayer:   Lord, thank You for giving me the gift of new birth into your kingdom.  As I look back on my life, I can see how you have worked on my heart since I was a child.   You have been with me all through life even until old age.


Beatrice Neall
Retired Professor of Religion
Union College