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1 (A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah.) His foundation is in the holy mountains.

2 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.

4 I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.

5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.

6 The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.

7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.

Commentary for Psalms 87

The glory of the church. (1-3) It is filled with the Divine blessing. (4-7)

1-3 Christ himself is the Foundation of the church, which God has laid. Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church. Let us not be ashamed of the church of Christ in its meanest condition, nor of those that belong to it, since such glorious things are spoken of it. Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, even Jesus Christ. The glorious things spoken of Zion by the Spirit, were all typical of Christ, and his work and offices; of the gospel church, its privileges and members; of heaven, its glory and perfect happiness.

4-7 The church of Christ is more glorious and excellent than the nations of the earth. In the records of heaven, the meanest of those who are born again stand registered. When God renders to every man according to his works, he shall observe who enjoyed the privileges of his sanctuary. To them much was given, and of them much will be required. Let those that dwell in Zion, mark this, and live up to their profession. Zion's songs shall be sung with joy and triumph. The springs of the joy of a carnal worldling are in wealth and pleasure; but of a gracious soul, in the word of God and prayer. All grace and consolation are derived from Christ, through his ordinances, to the souls of believers.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 87

  • Char
    Verse 7: all My springs are in thee...means...
    all the tools that the singer needs is already within given and provided by God the Holy Spirit.
  • Ian
    Zion is no place on earth, because every ware is corrected. Zion is the place of your mind, in every thing that you do.
  • Gbologa Godwin
    Psalm 87 is one of my favourite chapters in the Bible, i think it speaks about the Earths Rightful Ruler... The King of kings and Lord of lords. The Conquering Lion of the tribe of Judah.
  • HARRY ALLISON
    THERE is an awesome advantage to being a member of CHRIST'S BODY.JESUS IS THE CORNORSTONE.AS all are seeking to GLORIFY JESUS,we are helping each other,in our lacks and our strengths.JESUS LOVES us ENOUGH to call us in AND "BE" HIS.

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'Zion' can be used to refer to Jerusalem or to what other place?
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