What Does Psalm 87:7 Mean?

Then those who sing as well as those who play the flutes shall say, "All my springs of joy are in you."

Psalm 87:7(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The Lord loves the city of Zion, otherwise named Jerusalem. It is the one city that is holy and sanctified to the Lord, because it is the place where God chose to place His holy name. And God's interest in Jerusalem and His love for this particular city is the focus of Psalm 87. Jerusalem is founded on the holy mountains of Israel, and the Lord's love for Zion, its gates, and its walls, is greater than for any other city because Jerusalem is the foundation and focal point of God's redemptive work of salvation.

Psalm 87 is a song that was composed or dedicated to the sons of Korah, who were the priestly line of Aaron. The Kohathites were the ones who were responsible for transporting the holy Ark of the Covenant, where the Lord met with His chosen people, Israel.

Throughout God's Word, we see Jerusalem as God's unique, chosen city, where many important events took place in connection with the Lord's redemptive plans and purposes for mankind. In Genesis, it is called 'Salem' the 'city of peace' where Melchizedek ruled and reigned. He was both the king of righteousness, and priest of the most high God. Melchizedek was the man who met with Abraham and blessed him, offering him bread and wine, and he is a beautiful foreshadowing of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

And the holy Mount of the Lord that Abraham was willing to offer up his dearly beloved son, Isaac (who himself was willing to lay down his life as a sacrificial offering to the Lord his God), was the same Mount of the Lord where God provided the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. It was the place that Abraham called 'Jehovah Jireh' which means 'on the Mount of the Lord it will be provided.' Again, Abraham presents a beautiful foreshadowing of God the Father, offering up His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, on Calvary. 

Jerusalem was also the city that David, the greatest king of Israel, won as his capital city. It is the place where the Seed of Abraham and Seed of David will rule and reign as the King of Glory in His Millennial Kingdom. Indeed, Psalm 24 asks and answers the question, "Who is this King of glory?" And we are given a great and magnificent reply, "The LORD of hosts, HE is the King of glory. The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle."

Jerusalem was also the place where the tabernacle finally came to rest. Jerusalem was the city where Solomon built the Temple of the Lord. Jerusalem was the location where the Lord Jesus Christ died on the Cross for the sin of the whole world, and Jerusalem was the place where the veil of the Temple was torn in two, opening up the way for sinful man to be declared righteous before God, through faith.

This great city of Jerusalem is precious to our Father in heaven, for this is where the beloved Son of God honoured His Father's will and broke the power of sin, death, and Satan - winning the greatest victory the world will ever know - through His sacrificial offering of Himself. This is the city in which Jesus rose from the dead in power and great glory, and ascended into heaven where He is seated on His Father's throne, waiting for the day when He will return in power and great glory to set up His earthly kingdom for 1000 years. This is the city where the Church was born, and this is the place where the gospel of the grace of God started to be preached. It is also where Israel will finally fulfil their commitment to preach the gospel of the Kingdom and will one day cry out, "Blessed is He, Who comes in the name of the Lord."

Yes, Jerusalem and its inhabitants are close to the heart of God, and we read in verses 5-6 that the Lord Himself will establish the inhabitants of Jerusalem and those that live within her walls, when Jesus returns as the King of Peace and Righteousness to set up His Millennial Kingdom. And in verse 7 we read, "Then those who sing as well as those who play the flutes shall say, 'All my springs of joy are in You'."

A chorus of singers and a company of dancers will rejoice with songs of praise, while players on flutes and other musical instruments will make a joyful noise to the Lord throughout the city streets of Zion, as they cry out in praise and thanksgiving, "All my springs of joy are in You." While 'you' could loosely refer to Jerusalem (all my springs of joys are in you - Jerusalem), this is a clear reference to JESUS, the Son of God, the King of Israel, the promised Messiah, the Saviour of the World. And so it is more correctly interpreted: 'All my springs of joys are in YOU, JESUS, my Lord and my God. This will most certainly be the joyful sound that rings round the streets of Jerusalem: 'ALL our springs are in JESUS, our Saviour,' will be the cry of the inhabitants of Zion.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for this reminder of the joy and beauty of Zion, the Holy City of Jerusalem which is called by Your name. And thank for Your amazing plan of redemption that You have shown us through people like Melchisedek, Abraham, and David. Thank You that Jesus is the Living Water of life, that all our springs of joy are in Him, and for the gift of salvation and promise of eternal life through Him. Help me to live in a manner that reflects Your love and peace. I ask that You make me a vessel of Your grace and love, and that I may share the gospel of grace with those who are in need of Your forgiveness and hope. May Your presence fill my heart with joy and praise, and may all my springs of joy be in You. I ask all these things in Jesus' name. Amen.

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