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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 87

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Third Book of Psalms (c 73 - 89)
Message: Jerusalem (v 1-17)

Psalms 87 Commentary

(87:1-7). The Holy City of God - Zion (the holy mountain, Jerusalem) and its citizens here represent the future community of all believers. This psalm looks ahead to the holy city of God described in Revelation 21:10-27. The honor of living there will be granted to all whose names are recorded in the Lamb's book of life (Revelation 21:27). All who trust in Jesus are citizens of heaven now (Philippians 3:20). God's grace is what forms and sustains this wonderful, growing community. Should we not welcome God's offer to be part of this celebration?

Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Church

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 87. In our text today, we see a theme of Jerusalem, where all believers or "the Church" will one day gather. In applying, we see that all true believers make up the Church or the body of Christ. Although some claim to be the Church, the Bible clearly defines who will gather one day. Those who have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. How about You? Are you part of His Church? Let us learn through our Psalm and text today to remember that to spend eternity with God, we must be a part of the Church.


Psalm 87

Psalm 87

 1His foundation is in the holy mountains.

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

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

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

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

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

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