The circumference of the city shall be 18,000 cubits. And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The Lord Is There – Ezekiel 48:35 (ESV). Ezekiel’s vision of the name of the city of God.
Liverpool Football Club is one of the most well-known football clubs in the world. They have won several major trophies and thus have a venerable reputation. Just like any football club, this club has a devout group of hardcore fans, commonly known as Liverpudlians or Scousers. What makes them so unique compared to several other clubs is that they have their own hymn to support their club. A signature song entitled “You Will Never Walk Alone”, adopted from Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, covered by Liverpool group Gerry & The Pacemakers. The song usually echoed when Liverpool faces their opponents at their own stadium, The Kop. The team might not always feel that they can win the game. However, this song motivates the players as it reminds them, they are never be alone in facing their opponents on the field. No matter how strong the opponent is, it is a great comfort knowing that they are not alone.
God is also known as Jehovah Shammah in the Bible, appeared on the very last words of the Book of Ezekiel as a Hebrew transliteration of “The Lord is There” (Ezekiel 48:35). The name suggests that Jehovah is always there, the One who is always with us as He is an Omnipresent Father. This is a very comforting truth. Most of the times, we doubt if God is on our side, especially on the gloomy and rainy days. We might even question the existence of God, particularly when what we prayed for didn’t materialise into reality. However, the Bible records that God is our everlasting light in our darkest hours (Isaiah 60:19-20). He is always present, always there, accompanying us in our most painful moments. His constant grace and presence is always there for us. He is our glory that guides our path through the valleys and caves into light. He assured us that He will always with us to the very last seconds of the age. Oh, what a great comfort this truth is to our little hearts, a blessed assurance. We might not know where is the exit of our tunnel of struggles, but we can be safely assured that we will never walk alone through it. Not only that, we can have faith that our days of mourning will end, because He is our faithful deliverer. It is not a matter of what is our problem, rather, it is all about who is with us. Now, that’s a good news.