GREAT INDEED IS OUR LORD!
Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain (v. 1). The initial emphasis is not on Zion, but on the God of Zion. The opening invocation sets the theme for the whole psalm as it directs attention to his greatness, and in particular as it is displayed in the symbolism of Mount Zion. The choice of Zion was the Lord’s (Ps. 132:13–14), and from the time that David captured it (2 Sam. 5:6–7) it was central to the theology of the Old Testament. In the wider biblical picture Zion became the model for the New Jerusalem, and in Christian hymnology its imagery is taken over for the church (see John Newton’s ‘Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God’).
48:1Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise … his holy mountain. The…
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