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Psalm 48

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Jerusalem is God's Special, Chosen City

Psalm 48

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Lesson Number 35

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Jerusalem was chosen by God as His eternal city.
  2. Jerusalem was defended by God as His special city.

Practical Application

  1. Tell your children about God’s guidance.

Questions

  1. Psalm 48 is “a psalm of the sons of Korah.” What does this mean?
  2. What was the occasion of this psalm?
  3. God’s deliverance of Jerusalem from the Assyrian army is recorded in three places in the Bible. Can you list them?
  4. What is Zion?
  5. Why do people always speak of going “up to Jerusalem”?

Answers

  1. This psalm was written by one of the descendants of Korah, or put to music by the descendants of Korah, or by the choir guild that bore their name
  2. This psalm is a celebration of God’s great victory over the enemy that had attacked Jerusalem. Most likely this was when the Assyrians under King Sennacherib attacked and besieged Jerusalem in 701 BC. In one night, God wiped out the whole Assyrian army that was besieging Jerusalem.
  3. 2 Kings 19, 2 Chronicles 32, Isaiah 36-37
  4. Zion is another name for the whole area of Jerusalem.
  5. Geographically, Jerusalem is a city set on many hills, with valleys all around. Coming from any direction, you will always be traveling “up to Jerusalem.”

Discuss/Consider

  1. Discuss why it is important to emphasize to your children God’s plan and guidance in your lives. In what ways is this beneficial? Is it possible to tell your kids too much about your past? Where is the balance between being discreet and testifying of God’s grace in your life?

Challenge

  1. Jerusalem was chosen by God as His eternal city. The next time you hear of turmoil in the Middle East on the news, remember God’s ultimate plan for the region. You can praise Him for this!

Key Verses

  • “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in His holy mountain.” Psalm 48:1
  • “Let Mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of Your judgments.” Psalm 48:11

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