I never had a watch until I was thirteen. Mom said I needed to be home for supper at five but how was I to know what time it was? Most of my time as a youngster was spent in the woods of the local park that had railroad tracks running through it. I quickly figured out when the green railroad signal light shone, it was time to get home. If I were to get home late, depending on how late, there was a chance I would be sent to my room without supper. As a growing boy, who could eat his weight in groceries, I did my best to minimize tardiness.
However, if my activities took me away from the train signal and into the neighborhood how did I tell time? This past Saturday, I was in the car waiting while my wife ran into a store. With window down, I was transported to another place and time. I was a child again as I listened to chimes from two different churches. That is what I told time with! In those days, almost every church played chimes on the hour from about 8 AM to 6 PM. They would range from a bell clanging the number of hours in the day to heavenly hymns. Moreover, they reminded me to give God time.
Saturday reminded me of a peace this land once had. A time where there was not as much strife and there was more love for each other going around. We long for times like that, but instead of looking backward we must look forward to Him who controls the future.
Psalm 48 describes a similar situation. Jerusalem has had its ups and downs throughout history, but never count her out. She is the timepiece we all must watch. Keeping an eye on Jerusalem will let us know when it is getting close to supper time (with the Lamb). “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King” (Ps. 48:1-2).
Someday soon, Jerusalem will be what God intended it to be-a city of peace!. Furthermore, the occupants thereof (the saved) will hear all kinds of praise and heavenly tunes. We will lift up our voices and join in the hallelujah chorus-“Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments. Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof. Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following. For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death” (Ps. 48:11-14). “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev.22:20). God is always on time!