Psalm 122 – The Peace of Jerusalem The antiphonal encouragement heard by the psalmist sweeps aside the loneliness of the earnest sojourner and places him – places her – in the fellowship of believers.
Psalm 48 – The City of God The fortress city of Zion with its high towers and ramparts is the psalmist’s vivid resource for describing the majesty of God.
Psalm 47 – Our God Reigns This praise song is an ascension psalm divided in two parallel stanzas with a single unified message. All the redemptive promises celebrated in Psalm 47, the universal rule of God, the inheritance pledged to Israel, and the pride of Jacob, find their fulfillment in Israel’s representative, Jesus Christ. The apostles echo the themes of the psalm in revelatory ways that clarify the means God chose to bring about his salvation.
In keeping with the theme of the enthronement psalms (Psalms 90-99), Psalm 95 extols “the great King above all gods,” and leads the people of God in exuberant worship to the Lord, “the Rock of our salvation.” To this vibrant call to worship, the psalm adds an equally poignant challenge to obedience.
Psalm 46 is a psalm of hope, prayed by the people of God even though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the sea. When we are shaken to the core, we return to this bedrock truth, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.”