Zion is not just a place in Israel, it is the center of God’s plan for Israel and for the nations. There will come a day when all nations will come to worship God in Zion.
This Psalm could have been written by King David as he ran away from his beloved city, being chased by his own son Absalom! Whoever the author, the psalmist took courage knowing that God would never forsake him or Zion.
The Ark of the Covenant had been taken and lost in a war against the Philistines (1 Sam. 4:3-11). The Philistines took the Ark to several places in their country, and at each place there was trouble (1 Sam. 5:1-6).
Today “Zion” relates to all of Jerusalem and even all of Israel. The term “Zionism” describes a political and religious movement which believes that all of the land God promised to Abraham and his descendants through Isaac and Jacob will be occupied by the Jewish people.
In comparison to other hills in Israel, Zion isn’t that impressive. What makes it the most famous and most fought over hill in the world is God’s choice. He chose to put His name on Zion.