Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song.
1HE Has Founded His City on the Holy Mountain.
2The Lord Loves the gates of Zion
more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.
3Glorious things are said of YOU,
4“I Will Record Rahab and Babylon
among those who acknowledge ME—
Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush —
and Will Say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’ ”
5Indeed, of Zion it will be said,
“This one and that one were born in her,
and The MOST HIGH Himself Will Establish her.”
6The Lord Will Write in the register of the peoples:
“This one was born in Zion.”
7As they make music they will sing,
CHRIST Himself Is the Foundation of the City of GOD in Jerusalem above, and Church on earth, Which GOD Has Laid. His Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church. Let us not be ashamed of the church of CHRIST in its meanest condition, nor of those that belong to it, since such glorious things are spoken of it.
Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, even JESUS CHRIST. The glorious things spoken of Zion by The SPIRIT, were all typical of CHRIST, and His Work and Offices; of the Gospel church, its privileges and members; of heaven, its glory and perfect happiness.
In, a pivotal moment in Western history, the Vandals, under the command of their king, Alaric, captured the city of Rome. Rome was known as the Eternal City because the Romans thought that it would literally never fall, and the year 410 shook this belief to its foundations and ultimately led to the collapse of the Roman Empire. The world itself seemed to have been destroyed, and everyone sought answers about what to do and what to believe in.
Those who adhered to the waning pagan faith were quick to blame the Christians, claiming that the gods had abandoned Rome because many Romans had forsaken them and taken the new faith. These Romans claimed that Christians were not patriotic enough because they asked people to serve GOD rather than the state, and they advocated forgiveness toward enemies.
More important, they said the Christian GOD Had Failed To Protect Rome, as HE Should Have Done, since Constantine had declared Him to be the One True GOD. The angry wrangling between the two communities prompted Augustine to begin writing in .