Ikuro Teshima

On the holy mount stands the city He founded;
the LORD loves the gates of Zion
more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.
Glorious things of you are spoken,
O city of God. Selah
Among those who know Me I mention Rahab and Babylon;
behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cush –
"This one was born there," they say.
And of Zion it shall be said,
"This one and that one were born in her";
for the Most High Himself will establish her.
The LORD records as He registers the peoples,
"This one was born there." Selah
Singers and dancers alike say,
"All my springs are in you."
(Psalm 87 A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. A Song.)

The 87th Psalm, presenting an exceedingly lofty historical perspective, is one of my most favorite. The psalmist is filled with rapture from God's revelation: the spiritual history of the world unfolds remarkably around the city of Zion. He must have been profoundly inspired when writing it; though short, the tone of the original Hebrew text displays an intense emotion, almost unutterable in words.

The psalm was probably written around the end of the 7th or early 6th century B.C.E., after Assyria perished at the rise of Babylonia and Egypt. Although written in the distant past, about 2,600 years ago, its content is a far-reaching and inspirational revelation from God, even to us today.

Indeed, God's revelation is awesome; it is always realized exactly as He has spoken. This is why we must never slight or belittle it. If God reveals something to our Makuya, we must receive it with wonder, trust the revelation to the end, and wait for the day of its fulfillment.

(1967)