"OH ZION, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain!" Isaiah 40:9
"Oh Zion!" The cry goes out to you who are Zion - you who belong to the Lord (Isa 51:16, Isa 60:14), you who are holy unto the Lord (Isa 52:1), you in whom the Lord dwells (Psa 76:2), you in whom the Lord reigns (Psa 146:10).
Yes indeed, God has separated a people unto Himself and placed His name or nature in the midst of us. He Himself has laid a sure foundation in our lives, a firm rock upon which we can stand (Is 28:16).
Mt Zion was the site of the City of David from which King David ruled all of Israel. The name comes from a root word which means "conspicuous, a monumental or guiding pillar." As its name implies, the mountain could be seen for miles around and was a sure sign that a pilgrim was nearing the gates of Jerusalem.
Throughout scripture, Mt Zion is pictured as the dwelling place of the Lord and ultimately represents His people, the temple in whom God has chosen to abide (2 Cor 6:16). And like the natural Mt Zion, we are to be a guiding pillar, a landmark to those around that they may see our good works and glorify our heavenly Father.
It is a high calling but this is what God has called us to. In ourselves, we are not worthy of such an honour and to look at the natural, it seems beyond reason that God would choose us for such distinction. But we stand in His righteousness, cleansed by His blood and knowing that in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. So since He dwells in us, we are complete in Him.
Oh Zion! Oh Zion! Bring the good tidings.
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