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Series PSALMS with Pastor Mark Finley  |
Lesson 11.Longing for God in Zion |
Zion’s Longing for God: A Lesson in Spiritual Depth
Lesson 11 sheds light on the profound spiritual themes expressed in various Psalms exploring the longing for God within the context of Zion, the holy mountain in Jerusalem. These Psalms reflect the significance of God’s presence and blessing for His people, offering a multifaceted perspective on the faith and hope of believers. This summary examines the central themes and lessons from Psalms 84, 122, 87, 46, and 125, reminding us that our search for God and our security ultimately lie in His faithfulness and presence.
Memory Text: Psalm 84:2 – “My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God”
Content:
11.1
A Day in Your Courts Is Better Than a Thousand

Longing for God’s Presence: A Look at Psalm 84
In Psalm 84, the psalmist longs to dwell in the sanctuary because it is there that he experiences the living presence of God and is blessed. Those who serve in the sanctuary and are on their way there are blessed, and God’s grace extends to the ends of the earth. This experience reflects the hope for eternal communion with God as described in Revelation 21:3. It is hard to imagine what this experience will be like, but we can look forward to God being with us when we are in His presence.
11.2 Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem
A Call for Peace: The Significance of Prayer for Jerusalem
Psalm 122 expresses the joy and excitement of pilgrims upon their arrival in Jerusalem. They hope to experience God’s goodness there and to find justice. The most important prayer of God’s people is the prayer for the peace of Jerusalem, as it seeks God’s blessing for the city and its inhabitants. It is an appeal to God’s people to live in peace with God and with one another, so that Jerusalem may be a city of peace. We can strive for harmony among ourselves by attending to the needs of others, practicing forgiveness, and advocating for justice.
11.3 Zion – the Home of All Nations
Zion: A Place of Unity and Salvation for All Nations
Psalm 87 celebrates Zion as the place particularly chosen and beloved by God, where His temple stands and whose rule symbolizes over the whole world. The glory of Zion draws all nations to God and points to the unity of all nations in the kingdom of God. Through the redemption work of Christ, both Jews and Gentiles become citizens of Zion, representing an expanded meaning of Zion’s prosperity and blessing. This vision recalls Daniel’s vision of the kingdom of God as a huge mountain and Jesus’ parable of the kingdom of God as a huge tree that shelters the birds of the sky.
11.4 Safety and Peace of Zion
Peace and Security amid the Storms: God’s Assurance for Zion
Psalm 46 paints a striking picture of a world in turmoil, characterized by natural disasters and warring nations. Yet even amid the chaos, God remains present and offers His people security and peace. The security of Zion is portrayed as a gift from God that endures even in times of turbulence. Despite the violence and destruction in the world, God responds with the promise of renewal and peace that extends from Zion to the ends of the earth. This hope in God’s intervention and His perfect solution to the world’s problems is the encouraging message of Psalm 46.
11.5 Safety and Peace of Zion
Steadfastness amid Trials: The Certainty of Believers, like Mount Zion
Psalm 125 compares those who trust in God to the steadfast Mount Zion, a symbol of strength and steadfastness. Despite the temptation to follow the path of the wicked, the righteous are exhorted to remain firm in faith. Even when evil seems to triumph, we can trust in God’s goodness, even if we cannot fully understand His mysteries. This psalm reminds us that our strength and security lie in our faithfulness to God, even when we are confronted with life’s challenges.
11.6 Summary
Hope in God in Zion: An Overview
Lesson 11 deals with various Psalms reflecting the significance and longing for God within the context of Zion, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Psalm 84 depicts the psalmist’s longing to be in the sanctuary to experience the living presence of God. Psalm 122 emphasizes prayer for the peace of Jerusalem and the importance of God’s blessing for the city and its inhabitants. Psalm 87 celebrates Zion as the beloved place chosen by God, which draws all nations to God and points to the unity of all nations in the kingdom of God. Psalm 46 describes the security and peace that God provides amid world turmoil, while Psalm 125 praises the strength and steadfastness of those who trust in God, even when evil seems to triumph. These Psalms remind us that our hope and security lie in God, even when we are confronted with life’s challenges.
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