Psalm 48 Title
The Beauty and Glory of Zion AMP
Zion, the City of Our God ESV
The City of God CEV
Zion Exalted CSB
The Glory of God in Zion NKJV
Beautiful Zion TPT
Psalm 48 – “A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah.”
A Joyful song and reverent psalm
Every song is not a Psalm, for poets are not all hearers-born, and every Psalm is not a song, for in coming before God we have to utter mournful confessions as well as exulting praises.
The Hebrew word for psalm, mizmôr, means “melody.”
In Greek, the word psalmos means “song for the harp,” or originally, “plucking of strings.”
The word for “song” in Hebrew is the noun form of “sing,” so it’s safe to say these kinds of psalms are meant to be sung.
Hermann Gunkel divided the Psalms according to different genres:
- Royal Psalms
- Complaint Psalms/Lamentations
- Thanksgiving Psalms
- Wisdom Psalms
- Mixed or smaller genres
- Songs of Zion
- Historical Litanies
- Pilgrim Liturgies
- Judgment Liturgies
- Entrance Liturgies
Psalm 48 is a Psalm of Zion.
Songs of Zion extol Zion, or Jerusalem, for its exalted role as the abode of God’s glory and as the religious and political capital of the nation (Chapters 15, 24, 46, 48, 50, 76, 81, 84, 87, 95, 122, 134).
Peter C. Craigie
The substance of the Songs of Zion may appear superficially to be the praise of Mount Zion in the holy city; at a deeper level, it is the praise of God, whose presence and protection is symbolized by the holy mountain and its sanctuary.
We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness, In the midst of Your temple.
‘Thought’ here means:
- Wait for
- Carefully reflect
“We have thought.” The Hebrew דּוּם and דּמם and דּמה belong all to the same signification, of quiet, rest, silence, patient expecting, thinking, considering, and must be determined to any of these senses by the context. And here that of expecting or patient waiting, with affiance in him, and without all distrust or repining at his delays, seems to be most proper for it. For coming to the sanctuary to pray for mercy, ’tis most agreeable to say we wait for it there, as in the place where he hath promised to afford it, in return to prayers.
- Affiance definition: to bind (a person or oneself) in a promise of marriage ; betroth.
“We have thought.”
Holy men are thoughtful men; they do not suffer God’s wonders to pass before their eyes and melt into forgetfulness, but they meditate deeply upon them.
Memories of mercy should be associated with continuance of praise.