God of this City!

Several times in Old Testament prophecy and once in poetry, God’s chosen people are referred to as a city.  Zion meant Jerusalem and, later, Israel as the people of God.  So when you read Daughters of Zion, it does not refer to a specific person.  It is a metaphor for Israel and the loving, caring, patient relationship God has with His chosen people.

Why speak of them as “daughters” and not sons?  Unfortunately, many children grew up without fathers in the home.  In some cases, there are those of us who had a father in the home, but it was often in presence and not relational fellowship.  Then, there are those of you were fortunate to have that loving, protective, guiding provider in the home.  One who made sure you felt safe and secure and, even when you had done wrong, found it difficult to discipline you, although he knew he had to.  Fathers typically are more loving and affectionate, longsuffering and gentle in their dealings with their daughters than they are with their sons.  Their tone of voice is softer, yet firm and they discipline with a softer hand, not always giving us what we justly deserve.  Well, God uses the term daughter as it relates to his people because He is just that — a loving father.  God is Love.  He cherishes, even when rejected.  Although He was frustrated and angry with his chosen people, He always had an eye to the future when the relationship would be restored and He could once again return to them and welcome them into His arms.  Is America under judgment?  I can’t call it (as TI says in the movie Takers), but it would appear so.  Have we turned away from our first love?  There is a way to return – repent!

Make God the God of your city again and I don’t mean where you physically live, but where He should be residing, within your heart.  Matthew 15:8 speaks of those people who draw near Him with their mouths, and honor him with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him.  When we turn our hearts wholeheartedly to Him, then will we see change.  For greater is He that is within me, than He that is in the world.  Restore the relationship and then speak to our present suffering:  Romans 8:31, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?

Daughters of Zion, make Him the God of your city, for greater things are yet to come, greater things are still to be done in this city!    http://youtu.be/abj_-iXrv1k

(Please, when you can, watch the video.  I hope it inspires.  I love you with the love of Christ!)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2talU4fA-Y&NR=1&feature=fvwp