Psalm 48: A City on a Hill


Mount Zion has a special significance to the author of Psalm 48 because it is the location of the holy city Jerusalem, the palaces of Israel’s king, and the temple of Yahweh. Just as God dwelled in Zion for the Israelites, the Church of Christ should be “a city on a hill”–a holy place that is set apart for God that allows the light of the Spirit to shine. Or as Jesus says in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”

words and music by Greg Scheer
text based on Psalm 48
copyright 1994
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Great is the Lord, and worthy of our praise.
In the city of our God, on the mountain of his holiness
Abides the king of kings, the strength of Zion’s fortresses,
The hope of all the world, a city on a hill.

As in the past we have heard,
now with our eyes we have seen.
God makes his palaces sure
for all who dwell within,
For all who dwell within
a city on a hill.

Like your name, O Lord, your praise engulfs the world.
Within your holy house we will meditate upon your love.
Let Mount Zion rejoice, your hand is filled with righteousness.
Let Judah look to you, a city on a hill.

As in the past we have heard…

Walk about the walls. Consider ev’ry gate.
Count her citadels. And recount Mount Zion’s loftiness.
The God who dwells within has led the generations,
And He will be our guide even to the end.

As in the past we have heard…