“The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. (Selah) Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon; Philistia too, and Tyre, with Ethiopia—“This one was born there,” they say. And of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in it”; for the Most High himself will establish it. The Lord records, as he registers the peoples, “This one was born there.” (Selah)” (Reference: Psalms 87:2-6 )
The editors of Reading the Anabaptist Bible say, “Many Anabaptists interpreted selected scriptural images as “figures” for other realities.” This very true, and it happens in the Psalms, in Revelation, and in other biblical books that use images and metaphors. In this way the historic Anabaptists and their more contemporary spiritual descents are a very creative and imaginative lot. It is one of the things I like about being an Anabaptist/Mennonite – creative scriptural interpretation, but always in line with the inspiration of the Spirit. I remember one time when a pastor and myself were inspired to interpret and present scripture in the same way. It made for a double-whammy worship service! To the dismay of the worship planner I might add! So when we apply this understanding to the passage from Psalms chapter 87 what we get is an image of people born in one place but being of the sort of spiritual people who would have been born/reborn in the spiritual places of God – ie, it is like that person was born in this holy place or is off that holy place. We all are/were/will be born on earth to human earthly parents, but by following God and Christ it will seem like we were born/come from/are reborn from God’s holy places on high. What a compliment and attribute to have!
May you beloved live such a Christ-centered life that it might be said you are born in a place of the Most High!