ERHAPS you have sung the lines of the old hymn, "Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God." Obviously, John Newton got his inspiration from this very Psalm (Psalm 87:3). And indeed, whether we are referring to the historic city of Jerusalem or to the New Jerusalem spoken of by John the Apostle in Revelation 3:12 & 21:2, truly, great things are spoken of these poleis. As I have stated recently, Abraham was looking for a city that had divinely designed and divinely constructed foundations (Hebrews 11:10 & 14-16). He never found that in Canaan. He never saw with his physical eyes what he was looking and searching for. But he certainly did see it with his spiritual eyes of faith (John 8:56). Not only did he find the city he had hoped to discover, but he found the Mayor too (Revelation 21:22).
What a city! I speak of the heavenly city of John 14:2. The Father's house is a spectacular sight (Revelation 21:10). The street, the river, the rainbow, the light, the walls, the gates, the music, the tree of life and most of all, the city Manager makes for a metropolis of incomparable beauty and pleasantness. However, for us in this context, the thing in focus is the fact that there are some who can claim Zion as the place of their birth (I Corinthians 15:48 & 49).
Are you born from above... born of God... born of the Spirit (I John 5:18 & John 3:6-8)? Is heaven your home? God has established that city and it will last forever. He died outside the walls of the earthly Jerusalem and was birthed again from the grave there as well (Colossians 1:18). He will someday sit on the throne of David there for 1000 years. And, He will bring heaven down to earth and the city of our new birth will be the joy of the whole earth (Rev. 21:24 & 26).