When the thought of this blog post hit me, it wasn’t in a formulated way. In fact, it was months before sitting quietly in a room early one morning. As I reflect to that moment, I remember feeling the same rush of emotions I’d been dealing with for a while. Nothing seemed to be working in my favor, the bleak walls seemed to be closing in and for some reason, I kept reading my morning devotion. Maybe out of habit I kept turning the page, but every stray thought was louder than whatever text I was reading. Will I make it? What will life look like a year from now?I had hundreds of questions buzzing in my head with no logical answers.
I stopped for a second, prayed for focus, and heard, “create Zion.”
Create Zion. What is that? How do I do that?I can’t build a physical altar, so how do I “create Zion” in a confined space that’s supposed to be worthy of the King? I wrestled with the thought for months. Finally, I stopped with the logic and searched my heart with the Lord.
Creating Zions is what I’ve learned to do when faced with difficult circumstances. Creating Zions is the notion of establishing authority in the midst of your situation. It’s making your heart a place for the Most High, the One who reigns in Zion. Creating Zions isn’t building a material place, it’s making your heart His and letting Him reign in you.
Quick Mount Zion Facts
There’s a rich history of Zion that includes verses, references, and cross-references. But quickly, Mount Zion is just outside of Jerusalem. It’s a holy place that many went “to meet God.” In 2 Samuel 5, we learn that David overtook the mount, and established it as a place for God by placing the ark there (1 Chronicles 15 and 16), and it’s a place that He loves (Psalm 87). Zion is also referenced as Jerusalem and the City of David. Lastly, we learn in the New Testament that it’s the place John sees Him reigning with the 144,000 (Revelation 14). I won’t go into much detail, but instead, encourage you to take some time to study this holy place.
Knowing a snippet about Zion, take a moment – creating Zions in your heart of hearts, is God calling you high to His mount. In our lowest moments that seem like there is no escape, God is still raising you up! It’s an agreement in your heart, mind, and soul that God reigns over your life.
I get excited thinking about this, so much so, I couldn’t pick “a verse” so I picked a few that speak directly of Zion.
The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zionwith justice and righteousness. There will be times of security for you- a storehouse of salvation, wisdom and knowledge. The fear of the Lord is Zion‘s treasure. Isaiah 33:5-6
For there will be a day when watchmen will call out in the hill country of Ephraim, “Get up, let’s go up to Zion, to Yahweh our God! Jeremiah 31:6
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious… Zechariah 9:9a (BTW- cross-reference this with Matthew 21:5 and John 12:15!)
Lastly, one of my favorites-
Then the Lord will create a cloud of smoke by day and glowing flame of fire by night over the entire site of Mount Zionand over its assemblies. For there will be a canopy over all the glory…” Isaiah 4:5
There are TONS more references to Zion in the Old and New Testaments, but you get the gist. In each of these verses, we see God, Yahweh, in Zion.
How do you create a Zion?
Friend, we’re simply called to worship the Most High. I have to be reminded daily that I don’t have to ask Him to take care of my needs – He’s already done that. All He wants is my praise to Him, before any needs, blessings, and promises are met. He is Yahweh, reigning in Zion, fighting our battles and pursuing our hearts.
You might already know how, when and where you can begin to create a Zion in your space. You might even been doing this already! If so, KEEP IT UP!
But, for those that need a refresh or want to start, here are 5 tipsI’ve been practicing to create my Zion:
- Be consistent. Your enemies will try every angle to take you down. Being consistent promotes a healthy relationship, not just with God, but with every relationship you foster. Start by setting aside intentional time to worship, study and pray. Before you know it, you’ll be “off the clock” and consistently praising ALL DAY!
- Be prayerful. Some of my deepest prayers haven’t been from my mouth, they’ve been out of silence. Even if you don’t have words to pray, don’t let that deter you from believing that the Father can’t hear or answer you. Be confident that your prayers are touching heaven. Just because you don’t “feel like it,” believe it and pursue His glory…that’s all He’s asking.
- Be mindful. We’re prone to let our minds wander and forget His word. To help keep you on track, keep verses of promise in your space, pray for peace, set aside your time to be with Him and rest in Him. Staying mindful of His promises, keeps enemies words at bay and lets you have control over your emotions and stray thoughts!
- Be surrounded. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to let others in on your circumstances. Let people you can trust in, and let them intercede for you. They can encourage you in your walk! Remember, we hold each other up by burden bearing!
- Seek Christ.I’m planning a whole other post on “seeking Christ,” and an additional post on “being meaningful.” In the meantime, it’s crucial that we pray for Him to come and that we learn to seek Him, everywhere. We don’t fight flesh, and seeking Christ lets you see with His vision, and puts a whole new light on your situation!
The Lord is still on high. He is still reigning in Zion. You are still His child. Create in your heart, Zion, and see the renewing of His grace, mercy and love reign over you like a wall of fire (Zechariah 2:5).
‘Daughter Zion, shout for your joy and be glad, for I am coming to dwell among you’ – this is the Lord’s declaration. Zechariah 2:10