Praying the Psalms: Psalm 48

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised
In the city of our God,
In His holy mountain.
2 Beautiful in elevation,
The joy of the whole earth,
Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north,
The city of the great King.
3 God is in her palaces;
He is known as her refuge.

4 For behold, the kings assembled,
They passed by together.
5 They saw it, and so they marveled;
They were troubled, they hastened away.
6 Fear took hold of them there,
And pain, as of a woman in birth pangs,
7As when You break the ships of Tarshish
With an east wind.

8 As we have heard,
So we have seen
In the city of the Lord of hosts,
In the city of our God:
God will establish it forever.


9 We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness,
In the midst of Your temple.
10 According to Your name, O God,
So is Your praise to the ends of the earth;
Your right hand is full of righteousness.
11 Let Mount Zion rejoice,
Let the daughters of Judah be glad,
Because of Your judgments.

12 Walk about Zion,
And go all around her.
Count her towers;
13 Mark well her bulwarks;
Consider her palaces;
That you may tell it to the generation following.
14 For this is God,
Our God forever and ever;
He will be our guide
Even to death.


Father, I know You are great in all Your ways.
You are worthy of praise and honor!
The city of Jerusalem was a special place of joy, holiness, and strength.
And we today yearn for the New Jerusalem!

Those who would gather against You to thwart Your will shall fail.
Fear and pain will overwhelm them.
You will defend Your people,
And the faithful will be established forever.
Your lovingkindness and righteousness are surpassed by none.
You will be my God forever and ever.