Over the years, the royal daughter rejected her loving God, and the kingdom He gave her was split in two. Ephraim, (the Northern Kingdom) changed the beautiful crown to a Crown of Pride. She rejected His Covenant of Life and made a Covenant with Death. God brought punishment. The crown (the leadership) would be trampled and her beauty faded.
As Father God recounts the birth of His firstborn son, He sees her as a forsaken daughter. He lovingly washed her and, as she grew, He clothed her as royalty, including giving her a crown.
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.
God is sovereign and as Creator He has the right and privilege of choice. He chose to bless Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3). He chose Abraham’s descendants through Isaac and Jacob to be His witness to the world (Isaiah 43:8-12)