Zion is first mentioned in the Bible in 2 Samuel 5:7 when David captured the Jebusite fortress in Jerusalem. “Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David.” Then Zion was mentioned again when the temple was built in Jerusalem. Zion was used to refer to the temple location.
The term Zion grew throughout Scripture to have broader meanings such as all of Jerusalem, Judah, and God’s people. Later, Paul will use the name Zion to refer to God’s spiritual kingdom. “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering.” (Hebrews 12:22) And at the end of the Story, Zion will describe God’s holy hill in heaven. “Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the lamb…and they were singing a new song before the throne…” (Revelation 14:1-3)
Today in the Songs of Ascent we see that as the Israelites are climbing up to Jerusalem to worship they sing blessings over Zion:
“The Lord bless you out of Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life.”
“Let those who hate Zion be put to shame and turn back.”
“For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for his dwelling place.”
“The Lord who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion!”
Tomorrow we finish the Psalms 🎉 so keep reading!
(Psalms 128-130, 132, Psalms 134-135)