Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised
in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation,
is the joy of all the earth,
Mount Zion, in the far north,
the city of the great King. (Psalm 48:1–2)
The temple, perched high in the mountains of Jerusalem, stood as a symbol of strength and beauty. To look upon the temple reminded people of the greatness of their God, but it also reminded them of their call to live faithfully so that all the earth might experience the joy of living with God. When we look at our sanctuary, our church building, I hope that the same is true for us. I hope that we are reminded of God’s greatness, strength, and beauty and I hope we remember our call to live faithfully so that those who see us experience God’s grace. – rc