Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
July 20 Scripture Selection: Psalm 87-88
Food for Thought: Ps. 87:1-7
Some people think of heaven and the celestial city (the new Jerusalem) as just some legend. It’s so far away from their “reality” that they can’t think of it as a true place of destination—only a fantasy that helps them escape from the difficulties of life. The good news is that it most definitely is a real place, and the city of Zion is somewhat of a model of it.
Remarkably, the description of the earthly city gives a glimpse of what to expect in the New Jerusalem. Notice Psalm 46:4, 5, coupled with Ps. 87 (“There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved. ”), and how it is a model of the celestial city of Revelation 22:1-5, 14:
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, … And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.”
There must have been great prestige for having been born in Zion, the “City of God (Ps. 48:8).” While most of us cannot boast of the privilege of having been born in Zion, we can claim the greatest honor of being born into the Kingdom of God (Col. 1:12-14) and having access to the celestial City of God. And just as the Lord records the names of those born in Zion, He also registers ours in the Lamb’s Book of Life when we are born again, giving us entrance to His glorious city (Rev. 22:27), a place just as real as Zion.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):