(V.2) “Our feet are standing….” It was truly awesome for those groups of pilgrims from outlying areas to actually be standing in the Holy City, safely within her walls, invited to share in the great feast of celebration and worship. As they came together to remember and celebrate God’s deliverance in the Exodus, the con-quest of Canaan, and His continuing care throughout their history, so the church comes together to remember and celebrate our deliverance from sin at the cross and Jesus’ triumph over death, for Himself first, then for all who put their trust in Him. It follows then (v. 4, 5) that we offer Him our heartfelt praise and rejoice in His justice.
In regard to God’s judgments, Spurgeon comments, “To a true saint the throne is never more amiable than in its judicial capacity; the righteous love judgment, and are glad that right will be rewarded and iniquity will be punished.”
Verses 6-9 become a prayer for peace: “…peace within your walls….” The psalmist sees Jerusalem as secure within her walls, a place where the worshipers are safe from all dangers. Outside the walls there may be fear of violence, loneliness, hardship, etc., but inside is a place of peace, joy, and safety.
Today in our world there is much anxiety, unhappiness, want, loneliness and fear; but for all who trust in the Lord we have the promise “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth give way, and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” (Psalm 46:1, 2). And Psalm 46 ends, “The LORD Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
- Dean Roth
The Federated Church, Sheffield and their pastor Sean Quinn
South Hampton Baptist Church and their pastor Jeremy Pataro