Psalm 48 is considered by some to be the last of a trilogy (46, 47, 48), all three of which appear to express praise and rejoicing for their deliverance from Sennacherib‘s army. Some believe the occasion in question was deliverance during Hezekiah’s reign in 701 BC (2 Kings 19). Others believe it to be concerning events during the reign of Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:1-28). Either way, this is a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God for deliverance.
But it is more than that. Verses 8-14 speak of God dwelling in His city forever, of how His praise reaches to the ends of the earth. But we know that the literal Jerusalem would be destroyed in 70 A.D. after Israel rejected the Messiah; and we also know that most of the literal earth hardly was in the habit of praising God. The key is in the second part of verse 8 – “the city of our God, which God will establish forever.” This is clearly a reference to the New Jerusalem that will fulfill this passage by way of our Lord Jesus.
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