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The Highways to Zion!

May 22, 2014

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The Highways  to Zion!

The Hebrew word  “Zion”  can refer  to a monument,  sign,  guiding pillar,  or a waymark.     When it is used in the Bible,  it often refers  to Jerusalem,  where God’s Temple  was built.     Then,  we consider  that the name  “Jerusalem”  means “founded peaceful“.     Thinking of this altogether,  we get the implication  that  “Zion”  is a monument  — a sign  — pointing us  to God’s peace.

So then,  we read  in Psalm 84:4-7,

How blessed  are those  who dwell  in Your house!
They are  ever praising  You.
How blessed is  the man  whose strength is  in You;
In whose heart  are the highways  to Zion!
Passing through  the valley  of Baca,  they make it  a spring.
The early rain also  covers it  with blessings.
They go  from strength  to strength,
Every one  of them appears  before God  in Zion.

These verses are telling about  all God’s children,  who abide  in close fellowship  with Him.     Because  they love  God’s greatness  and ways  of being,  they are  “ever praising”  the LORD.     They don’t  insist  on doing things  their own way  in pride,  trusting in their own  puny strength  and intelligence.     Much rather,  they always look  to the LORD  for the real  “strength”  they need  to live according  to God’s word.

So,  why are  their hearts  always filled  with praise  to God,  and why are  they always depending  upon the LORD?     It is because  they are those  “In whose heart  are the highways  to Zion!     These are God’s children  whose hearts  really,  honestly  look  to God  to show them  the way  to their heavenly home.     They know  that all  of God’s word  is a monument,  a sign,  a guiding pillar,  a waymark  to show them  the way.     They love being  at peace  with God  as they think  about His love  and glory.

None of this means  that they have life easy  here on earth.     They face  all sorts  of troubles  as they are  “passing through  the valley  of Baca”  — that is  the valley of tears.     But,  “they make it  a spring”.     A spring is  a source  of ground water  for one’s refreshment  and for supplying our ongoing need  for water.     So,  in their tears,  they trust God,  and God blesses them  with strength  for the day.

The end result?     “Every one  of them appears  before God  in Zion.”     They all reach heaven  because of their faith,  trust,  and hope  in God Almighty.

God wants everyone  of us  to look  to His word  for the strength  we need  to face each day,  and to come through  victoriously  —  in faith,  hope,  and love.     As we  “go  from strength  to strength”  with God  by our side,  we certainly will  “appear before God  in Zion”, our heavenly home.

Looking  to God’s strength  and blessing,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  it is so good  to be on the highway  to Zion!”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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