What is Mt. Zion and why is everyone in the Bible always talking about it?
Zion was a territory possessed by the Jebusites (bad guys). Then David and his army overtook Zion and made it their new capital in Jerusalem. This was a smart move for David because now his capital was more centralized. He was basically halfway from everything he ruled. Mount Zion refers to the high hill within Zion where David built a citadel. David called this new land The City of David. So Zion and the City of David are the same geographically.
But the word Zion is used over 150 times in the Bible, and it’s not always referring to David’s city. That’s because the Hebrew word Zion means “fortification” or the idea of “raising up.” David took a land that was owned by people who did not worship God and made it a place of worship. David went into a territory filled with obscenities and made a place for God. He raised up, from the dirt of the bad guys, a good and holy place. He put God in the territory of his enemies.
That is why we often hear the word Zion when referring to God. God is in the midst of our battlefields. He is a mountain, a place of worship and safety amid enemy territory.
“The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, ‘You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.’ They thought, ‘David cannot get in here.’ Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David.
On that day David had said, ‘Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those ‘lame and blind’ who are David’s enemies.’ That is why they say, ‘The blind and lame will not enter the palace.’ David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terraces inward. And he became more and more powerful, because the Lord God Almighty was with him.” 2 Samuel 2:6-10
David made room for God where no one had made room before, in Zion, the City of God.
And so, today, as we continue our climb up the mountain, I want to ask;
Where are you building your Zion?
Where is God calling you to fortify a place for Him where no one has before?
He may not be calling you to physically build a place or build a business. He may be calling you to build relationships with people or fortify a place of worship in the office simply by sharing the gospel.
Where is God calling you to bring His message?
God called one of my best friends to travel the world and spread the gospel in countries I’ve never even heard of. She moves to a different country every month to spread the name of Jesus and faces infinite challenges living a life on the “road.” She’s been sick, injured, lost and emotionally drained. But God has called her to fortify a place for Him where no one has before, and she’s going for it. She is raising up the name of Jesus where His name has yet to be uttered.
Where are you building your Zion?
“For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.” Psalm 132:13-14
On your climb up the mountain, look for places where God may be calling you to build a place for Him.
Wherever you build your Zion, God will dwell.
He dwells where we are.
Founder, The Good Fruit
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