Psalm 87: Joy of Jerusalem

If people built Jerusalem, how can we say God did it?

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Psalm 87:1 A song for Korah’s people.
God built Jerusalem on his holy mountain.
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Psalm 87:1 <A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah.> His foundation is in the holy mountains.

What made the gates into Jerusalem more important than other cities?

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Psalm 87:2 The Lord loves the entrances to this city more than other places in Israel.
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Psalm 87:2 The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

What good should be said about the place where God lives?

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Psalm 87:3 City of God, wonderful things are said about you. Pause to think about that.
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Psalm 87:3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.

What does our birthplace say about who we are? Why?

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Psalm 87:4–6 God’s people in Egypt and Babylon, as well as Philistia, Tyre, and Ethopia, will boast, saying, “I was born in Jerusalem.”
God Most High will strengthen Jerusalem, and people will proudly say, “I was born here.”
In his public registry, the Lord will write, “This person was born in Jerusalem.” Pause to think about that.
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Psalm 87:4–6 I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there. And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her. The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.

What does it mean to say, “I came from Jerusalem”?

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Psalm 87:7 The musicians and singers will say, “I came from Jerusalem.”
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Psalm 87:7 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.