1 On the holy mount stands the city he founded;
2 the Lord loves the gates of Zion
more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.
3 Glorious things of you are spoken,
O city of God. Selah
4 Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;
behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cush —
“This one was born there,” they say.
5 And of Zion it shall be said,
“This one and that one were born in her”;
for the Most High himself will establish her.
6 The Lord records as he registers the peoples,
“This one was born there.” Selah
7 Singers and dancers alike say,
“All my springs are in you.” Psalm 87 ESV
All my springs are in you. That’s a go-to verse for worship leaders and creative types everywhere. And so it should be. It means that all our expression of praise comes from God Himself. He is the inspirer, the fountainhead, the source. But why does our praise come forth?
Psalm 87 tells us. It is because we are God’s people in the midst of of a mixed up world. There is a people that God Himself has made; a city He founded (vs 1 ). This city of God is His called out people, that He loves (vs 2) and makes glorious (vs 3). They live in a mixed up world, in the midst of those who don’t believe. They may even be a minority among those who do not know God, Rahab (Egypt) and Babylon (vs 4) It is alright to be an exiled people, strangers in a strange land. It is part of God’s plan. God knows who are His. Some are born of different nations, some of born of Zion. But God always knows who are His. He looks down and says this one was born in Zion (vs 5).
God creates, establishes, loves, and counts His people (vs 6). Even if things look confused down here, He knows what’s going on from up there. It was difficult to be God’s people in Egypt and Babylon. It seems difficult sometimes today. There is lots to be discouraged about. But He is in control. He has always been in control. He knows who His people are and He writes their story. Everything is all right. It is because of that fact that all creative praise erupts to give Him glory. All my springs are in you (vs 7).