Citizenship That Matters Most

Read: Psalm 87:1-7

On the holy mount stands the city he founded; the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. (vv. 1-2)

Zion is here a name for Jerusalem. This psalm reminds me of the final chapters of Revelation where the church is described as the new Jerusalem. The old enemies of God’s people, Rahab (Egypt), Babylon, the Philistines, etc, will acknowledge the church. In the New Testament, converts from all nations shall enter the church. It is the church’s privilege to proclaim the gospel worldwide so that many more may enter. This is God’s great plan. We should be overjoyed to participate in it.

At the time in which this psalm was written, to be born in Jerusalem was a great honor (v. 5). Today, we could think about how being born within the church gives a certain kind of privilege too. Being raised in the faith can help faith germinate in children’s hearts like a seed, right from the beginning. However, this privilege also carries an important responsibility, to share that faith in Jesus with those who have not heard.

If you have been born within the church, consider how you are sharing your faith. All believers can also consider how our churches are encouraging good growth. The church is responsible to make itself like a hothouse where the faith of little children is nurtured, and where the adults set an example of godliness for the children. —Harry Buis

As you pray, thank God for the privilege of your membership in Zion, and commit yourself to welcoming others.

About the Author

The Rev. Harry Buis served as a Reformed Church in America pastor for 41 years, serving six congregations. He had a consuming passion for the Word of God, preached and written, and would take up his pen to share that passion at a moment’s notice. His enthusiasm for God and the Bible was his signature. Rev. Buis edited the Words of Hope daily devotional for twenty years, and wrote several books and numerous articles. He also taught as an adjunct at Hope College, Western Theological Seminary, and Kuyper College. He served the church in many capacities, and was elected President of General Synod of the RCA in 1980. Rev. Buis died of cancer in 2001.