Confounding of All Zion’s Foes
FOR SOME DAYS this month we will consider what David
and the Prophets knew of Zion. Though we live under a better
Covenant than they did, they, at the least, did point us to it with
prophetic Words to give us light along our way.
WHEN WE KNOW OUR LORD IN ZION. WE
KNOW A PERSONAL TRIUMPH THAT PURSUES US IN EVERY AVENUE OF LIFE. Knowing
Zion becomes a way of life for us.
DAY 1—Zion is where God’s King is set.
Psalm 2:6,8 Yet have I set
My King upon My holy hill of ZION.... Ask of Me, and I shall give Thee
the heathen for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth
for Thy possession.
Ephesians 1:22 And
hath put all things under His feet and gave Him to be the Head over
all things to the church.
LORD JESUS, I acknowledge You
as King. Oh, let me know this is so in every thing I face today. Even
in the difficult things that have come upon me, I will acknowledge
that You are King over it all.
The testimony of the Lord Jesus is that He is Lord over all—Ps
2:7-9; Mt 28:18
DAY 2—Zion is the dwelling place
of the Lord, where He is praised and His doings are known.
Psalm 9:11 Sing praises
to the LORD, Who dwells in ZION: declare among the people His doings.
Psalm 132:13 For the LORD hath
chosen ZION: He hath desired it for His habitation.
I Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God
dwelleth in you?
LORD, there is something mystical
and wonderful about Your dwelling place. I am beginning to see how
Your grace has received me and made me a part of it. I don ‘I have
to go afar to find You. Just knowing You are
close at hand, makes me praise You—even in this present trial.
We know He abides in us,
and we in Him, because He has given us His Spirit—I Jn 3:22-24
DAY 3—Approaching Zion, we begin
finding deliverance from the trouble hatred has brought on.
Psalm 9:13,14 Have mercy
upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate
me. Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: that I may show
forth all Thy praise in the gates of the daughter of ZION: I will rejoice
in Thy salvation.
Psalm13:5 But I have trusted in Thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation.
DAY 4—The cry of our heart for
Israel—all Israelis that they might know the deliverance waiting for
us all in Zion.
Psalm 14:7 Oh that the salvation
of Israel were come out of ZION! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity
of His people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. Rom
11:26 And so all Israel shall
be saved: as it is written. There shall come out of ZION the Deliverer,
and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.
DAY 5—In Zion we are coming
to know the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.
Psalm 20:1,2 The LORD hear thee in
the day of trouble; the Name of the God of Jacob defend thee; send thee
help from the Sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of ZION.
1:3,4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who
comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort
them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves
are comforted of God.
DAY 6—Zion is the joy of the
whole earth—known already by many, anticipated by others, longed after
Psalm 48:1-3 Great is the
LORD, and greatly to be praised in the City of our God, in the Mountain
of His holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth
is Mount ZION on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
God is known in her palaces for a refuge.
DAY 7—When we know Zion well,
we can make it known to the generations following us.
Psalm 48:12,13 Walk about
ZION, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof. Mark ye well
her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation
Psalm 71:18 Now also
when l am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not: until I have showed
Thy strength unto this generation, and Thy power to every one that is
We must pass our understanding on to the generations following—Deut
11:19; Ps 78:4; Pro 1:8,9
LORD, Zion is great. I have
hardly begun to know it. Oh, teach me more of its glory! Let me become
settled in knowing where it is, what it is, and how I can abide there
always. Then, please help me guide others who follow me so they can
know its glory.
ZION IS A PLACE OF OUR BEING IN God, NOT TRACED OUT
WITH A GEOGRAPHICAL BOUNDARY. Wherever we are, in Christ we can know
Zion’s blessing and provision.
DAY 8—Zion is the perfection
of beauty out from which the Light of God shines.
Psalm 50:2 Out of ZION,
the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
Isa 24:23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD
of hosts shall reign in Mount ZION, and in Jerusalem, and before His
DAY 9—Even when we have failed,
the love of God still reaches for us from Zion.
Psalm 51:17-19a The sacrifices
of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou
wilt not despise. Do good in Thy good pleasure unto ZION: build Thou
the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt Thou be pleased with the sacrifices
DAY 10—In Zion praise to the
Lord is perfected, arising from a perfect rest in the Lord.
Psalm 65:la Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Zion... (“Silent expectation toward You, O God, is praise in Zion...”)
Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined
unto me, and heard my cry.
DAY 11—The heart of a broken
person can become like a highway for others to find Zion.
Psalm 84:5 Blessed is the
man whose strength is in Thee; in whose heart are the ways of them,
Who passing through the valley of Baca (“Weeping”) make
it a well: the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to
strength, every one of them in ZION appeareth before God.
LORD, teach me to turn this
place of weeping into a well of life. And then, O Lord, won’t You
fill its pool with living water. In this dark and difficult hour let
me discover the beauty and joy of Zion. Make my life like a spring
of living water from which others may drink.
For those who submit to God’s ways, darkness becomes light—Il
Cor 4:6; Eph 5:8; I Pet 2:9
DAY 12—The greatness of God’s
Kingdom is known in Zion.
Psalm 99:1-3 The LORD reigneth;
let the people tremble: He sitteth between the cherubims: let the earth
be moved. The LORD is great in ZION: and He is high above all the people.
Let them praise Thy great and terrible Name: for it is holy.
DAY 13—Zion is the hope of all
Psalm 102:13,16,17 Thou
shalt arise, and have mercy upon ZION: for the time to favour her, yea,
the set time, is come.... When the LORD shall build up ZION. He shall
appear in His glory.... He will regard the prayer of the destitute,
and not despise their prayer.
Psalm 9:18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten:
the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
ZION IS SPREADING MYSTICALLY THROUGHOUT ALL THE
It will exercise more influence than any other government the
world has ever known.
DAY 14—Zion is the realm from
which the scepter of God’s strength will reach into the earth.
Psalm 110:1,2 The LORD said
unto My Lord, Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies
Thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of Thy strength out of ZION:
rule Thou in the midst of Thine enemies.
DAY 15—Those who trust in the
Lord will become as strong as Zion.
Psalm 125:1,2 They that
trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but
abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the
LORD is round about His people from henceforth even for ever.
DAY 16—When we discover Zion,
joy overcomes us and our testimony goes forth.
Psalm 126:1,2 When the LORD
turned again the captivity of ZION, we were like them that dream. Then
was our mouth filled with laughter. and our tongue with singing: then
said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
DAY 17—In Zion the Throne of
God is established eternally, sure against all enemy attacks.
Psalm 146:10 The LORD shall
reign for ever, even thy God, O ZION, unto all generations. Praise ye
Rev 11:15 And the
seventh angel sounded: and there were great voices in heaven, saying,
The kingdoms of this world are become the Kingdoms of our Lord, and
of His Christ: and He shall reign for ever and ever.
DAY 18—The inhabitants of Zion
learn of the excellency of God’s ways.
Isa 12:5,6 Sing unto
the LORD: for He hath done excellent things: this is known in all the
earth. Cry out and shout thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy
One of Israel in the midst of thee.
DAY 19—The glory that arises
in Zion will put all other glory to shame.
Isa 24:23 Then the moon
shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of Hosts shall
reign in Mount ZION, and in Jerusalem, and before His ancients gloriously.
Isa 51:3 For the LORD shall comfort ZION: He will comfort
all her waste places: and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and
her desert like the garden of the LORD: joy and gladness shall be found
therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
ZION IS WHERE THE BLESSING OF THE LORD IS SURE FOREVER.
We can know its blessing and provision in our lives personally.
DAY 20—Zion is spreading mystically
through the earth, readied to exercise more influence than any other
government ever known.
Isaiah 2:2-4 And it shall
come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house
shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted
above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people
shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the Mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob: and He will teach us of His ways,
and we will walk in His paths: for out of ZION shall go forth the Law,
and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the
nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords
into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not
lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
DAY 21—The groaning of the prisoners
will come as a prayer for Zion unto the ears of the Lord.
Psalm 102:18-22 This shall
be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be
created shall praise the LORD. For He hath looked down from the height
of His sanctuary: from heaven did the LORD behold the earth: to hear
the groaning of the prisoner to loose those that are appointed to death:
to declare the name of the LORD in ZION. and his praise in Jerusalem;
when the people are gathered together and the kingdoms to serve the
DAY 22—The Lord has chosen Zion
for His habitation.
Psalm 132:13-16 For the
LORD hath chosen ZION: He hath desired it for His habitation. This is
My rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. I will abundantly
bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also
clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud
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