Prayer Guide: Psalm 48

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
    in the city of our God!
His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation,
    is the joy of all the earth,
Mount Zion, in the far north,
    the city of the great King.
Within her citadels God
    has made himself known as a fortress.

For behold, the kings assembled;
    they came on together.
As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
    they were in panic; they took to flight.
Trembling took hold of them there,
    anguish as of a woman in labor.
By the east wind you shattered
    the ships of Tarshish.
As we have heard, so have we seen
    in the city of the Lord of hosts,
in the city of our God,
    which God will establish forever. Selah

We have thought on your steadfast love, O God,
    in the midst of your temple.
10 As your name, O God,
    so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11     Let Mount Zion be glad!
Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
    because of your judgments!

12 Walk about Zion, go around her,
    number her towers,
13 consider well her ramparts,
    go through her citadels,
that you may tell the next generation
14     that this is God,
our God forever and ever.
    He will guide us forever.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.



God’s Praiseworthy Attributes

  • The Lord is a great and worthy of worship. (V.1, 3)
  • He designed and built a heavenly city. (V. 1-2; Heb. 11:10; 12:22)
  • The city of God is beautiful to behold. (V. 2)
  • God the King dwells in that city and He defends it. (V. 2, 3)
  • How good to think long and hard on the lovingkindness of God. (V. 9)
  • God’s people rejoice that he is a righteous judge. (V. 10, 11)
  • Future generations will hear of the glory of God and the city He has built. (V. 13)
  • Our God is a never-ending Guide. (V. 14)

Possible Prayer Prompts:

  • Great and mighty God, you are to be highly praised because ________
  • Lord, you were great to me when _________
  • Lord, be my defender and protector as I face _________
  • Lord, because you promised to build your church __________



  • Thank you for the beauty of Christ that I see in __________.
  • Lord, bless the city where I live with ___________.
  • Forgive me for doubting your ________ when __________.
  • Because you are loving and kind, ___________.



  • My Lord and Maker, I pray make me __________.
  • Indwelling Spirit of God, guide me as I walk ___________.
  • I pray that __________ (name) will be a part of the eternal city of God.
  • You are a righteous God of justice, therefore _____________.
  • May the whole earth rejoice that ___________.


  • Lord, open the eyes of _________ (name) to see that _________.
  • Lord, overcome my fear of _______ so that I may declare your truth to my generation.
  • Lord, on my journey to the celestial city, help me to _________.