Like the patriarchs of old, all of us who walk by faith confess that we are strangers and pilgrims on this earth (Hebrews 11:13). Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), where Christ is—sitting at the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1). We are citizens of a city that God has prepared (Hebrews 11:16). We are headed for Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22).
Unlike its earthly counterpart in Palestine, this eternal city of God is glorious beyond description. “Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God!” (Psalm 87:3). Unlike the Jewish capitol, the heavenly Zion is open to inhabitants of all nations (Psalm 87:4). All whose citizenship is in the heavenly Jerusalem have their names recorded and registered in her (Psalm 87:5-6). Joyous worship resounds in Zion (Psalm 87:7), because its fountain of salvation continuously springs forth to all who thirst. Whoever desires may drink freely of the water of life (Revelation 22:17).
The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings and things of this world (Psalm 87:2).