Psalm 48:4 “When the kings joined forces, when they advanced together, 5 they saw [her] and were astounded; they fled in terror.”
This psalm describes the city of God on His holy mountain. Mount Zion is another name for Jerusalem. Having visited Jerusalem’s old city it did not create the reaction described in this psalm. This psalm like so many others is speaking prophetically of the church. Paul speaks of first the natural, then the spiritual in 1 Corinthians 15.
The glory and majesty described of Jerusalem in this psalm is due to the presence of the Lord throughout the city. As it is with the church each believer is a living stone built together to glorify Him. We each contain the fullness of Christ so together we form this amazing temple of the Holy Spirit. (Colossians 2)
Our glorious church is awesome and terrifying to the kings of the earth, the minions of Satan. When they join forces and advance against us, they see her and are astounded. I met a former Satanist who became a believer. She told us that they were terrified of the believers and the power we had over them. Yet when she told the believers that she had come out of a satanic group they were terrified of her. She could not understand this.
James in his letter says: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”. (4:7) Flee means to run away from a situation of danger. The devil runs away from you when you are in submission to God and you resist him. In the Old Testament they were battles wherein the opposing army was terrified of the Israelite army. Why? The fear of God was upon them. But they still resisted and fought the Israelites until the Israelites overcame them.
Many of the things that come up against us in life are terrified of who we are in Christ. Their only hope is that we relinquish our position in Him and come under their authority. Satan was openly defeated and disarmed by Christ through the cross and the resurrection. We have authority because He has all authority. By guile and scheming the enemy will try to get us to relinquish our position in Christ and to serve him. The book of Romans says we are free in Christ to choose whom we will serve.
The psalms consistently encourage us to look at our position in relationship to God and to return to the shelter under His wing. We position ourselves in submission to Him through our praise and adoration. Then we can truly see how big our God is and how tiny our opposition is.
Prayer: “Father I adore you. I love you and worship you. I submit my life to you. I am in Christ and He is in me. I resist the devil through Christ and command him to flee from me.”