Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
For He has strengthened the bars of your gates;
He has blessed your children within you.
He makes peace in your borders,
And fills you with the finest wheat.
the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! What a great thought to begin anything — with praise and thanksgiving — an exhortation to The LORD’s people to come up higher to God’s Holy mountain.
And the praise is due to Him because He has strengthened the bars of [our] gates; He has hedged us about, causing our enemies to flee, a phrase should be read in the same way as we see in 2 Timothy 1:6-7 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you … . For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
He has blessed your children within you, speaks of your thoughts and intentions ‘birthed’ within each one individually, but as the exhortation to praise is addressed to His church, that blessing will be a corporate gift to all who follow Him — for we shall be fruitful ‘after [our] kind.’
The end result will be, and is now, peace in your borders. The ‘in’ has been inserted by the translators, but this line might be better reading He makes health, prosperity and peace your territory. God always holds His treasures in safety — in an ark of one sort or another, and scripture is full of such pictures, from the Ark that Noah built, and Moses’ basket right through to Jesus’ tomb.
We are in good hands. He has set peace in the borders of your heart and mind.
Meditate On These Things
For I will cast out the nations before you and enlarge your borders; neither will any man covet your land when you go up to appear before the LORD your God three times in the year.
PEACE — Bethel Music
A HOLY COMMAND: Oswald Chambers on LOVE
MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS…
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART