2 Beautiful in its loftiness,
the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion,
the city of the Great King.
3 God is in her citadels;
he has shown himself to be her fortress. Psalm 48:2-3
When these verses were written, they were clearly referencing Jerusalem, the city of God, specifically, but they have a more general application of “the place where God dwells.” The Gospel has gone out into all the world now, and many Christians look fondly on Jerusalem as being a Holy City (“the joy of the whole earth”).
Similarly, those same Christians – meaning, we – look fondly towards Heaven, or as the Revelations 21 refers to it “the new Jerusalem.” We await our reward but realize the Day is not here yet. Even as I write this, the tiny nation of Israel is in a state of heightened alert. Obviously Hamas and all of the Muslim world would love to see Israel wiped off the map, and many of their leaders have stated so publicly.