Hometowns are important. The place where you were born is a special place. We sisters were born in Canton, Ohio. We have been able to go back home numerous times and it’s lovely to drive around and see what it’s like today. While all of us now live in Southern Indiana, Ohio still holds a dear place in our hearts.
God has a special place. It is referred to in Scripture as the apple of His eye. In this psalm, we see how near and dear Jerusalem is to the Lord. God has chosen this city to be His established place and has given it special honor.
“He has founded his city on the holy mountain. The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are said of you, city of God: ‘I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me—Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush’—and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’ Indeed, of Zion it will be said, ‘This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her.’ The Lord will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.” As they make music they will sing, ‘All my fountains are in you.’” Psalm 87:1-7
This city is so special that God will write down in the register, “This one was born in Zion.” I have to wonder why. Of course, the Lord has His reasons for doing everything He does but as I speculate, I think back to the conversation that Nicodemus and Jesus had in Jerusalem. There Jesus explained the importance of the second birth. “You must be born again.” Being born allows us to live and breathe and enjoy life. Being born again allows us to live eternally, breathe the air of heaven, and enjoy the presence of God forever. It was there in Jerusalem, His city, where He spoke those words, “You must be born again.” Being born in Zion then takes on a whole new meaning.
Lord Jesus, thank You for allowing us a second birth. Thank You that we can come to You, just like Nicodemus did, and we can be born again.