This psalm describes the glory of Jerusalem in the Millennium, and God's inclusion of people from Muslim nations who will be healed and restored along with Israel at the end of the age.
This psalm describes the glory of Zion during the Millennium. Verse 1 tells us God 'has set his foundation on the holy mountain' (NIV), - a reference to Jesus who is the chief cornerstone (Isaiah 28:16, 1 Peter 2:6, Ephesians 2:20) of Mount Zion. Verses 4 to 6 speak of God including foreign nations as citizens of Zion, including Rahab (Egypt - see Isaiah 30:7), Babylon (Iraq, or possibly Arabia which is portrayed as Babylon in Isaiah 21 and as Mystery Babylon in Revelation 17), Philistia (Gaza), Tyre (Lebanon), and Cush (translated Ethiopia in the NET bible, but better identified with modern-day Sudan). This is a picture of God's healing and restoration of enemy nations, similar to Isaiah 19:22-25 that describes God's restoration of Egypt and Assyria. Hebrews 12:22-24 is another similar portrayal of God's redeemed coming to worship him at Mount Zion.
Places: Zion, Jerusalem, Egypt, Babylon, Iraq, Arabia, Philistia, Gaza, Tyre, Lebanon, Cush, Sudan, Ethiopia
Tags: Glory of Zion, God restores people from Muslim nations, Millennium, Millennial Jerusalem
1 Written by the Korahites; a psalm, a song. The Lord’s city is in the holy hills.
2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.
3 People say wonderful things about you, O city of God. (Selah)
4 I mention Rahab and Babylon to my followers. Here are Philistia and Tyre, along with Ethiopia. It is said of them, “This one was born there.”
5 But it is said of Zion’s residents, “Each one of these was born in her, and the Most High makes her secure.”
6 The Lord writes in the census book of the nations, “This one was born there.” (Selah)
7 As for the singers, as well as the pipers – all of them sing within your walls.