Psalm 48: The Towers and Ramparts of the City of God

Originally Written by Pastor Flamme

(14 verses, 1:03 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • The holy Christian Church is established forever.


  • The beauty of the city of God (1-3).
  • The Lord’s enemies are dispersed, dismayed, and terrified before the Lord’s city (4-8).
  • The Church rejoices because of her justification by the Lord (9-11).
  • The Church is sturdy, enduring, and eternal. It cannot be destroyed (12-14).


  • This psalm describes the Lord’s bride, the Church. How do we know that? God makes himself known within her citadels. This happens when the Word of God is preached and the sacraments are administered according to Christ’s command. The Church is brought into existence and is centered on the means of grace. Second, the temple is included with the descriptions of the city of God. This temple is Christ himself who embodies God’s love by his sacrifice on our behalf. His judgments bring rejoicing because they impute holy and perfect righteousness that is grasped by faith.
  • The language of citadels, ramparts, and towers bring to mind the strength, stability, and endurance of the Church against which the gates of hell will not prevail.


  • Though the world is spiraling into sin and death, the holy Christian Church will remain. We have Christ’s promise. Our enemies cannot and will never silence the Word of God, the preaching of Law and Gospel.

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