The emphasis on basic education is sometimes referred to as “The Three Rs” – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, although some lessons in spelling might be in order for those that use it. It is interesting to note that God practices these three basic tenets in Psalm 87:6.
The Arithmetic. “The Lord shall count.” We live in a mathematical universe. God counts Stars [Psalm 147:4]; Clouds [Job 38:37]; Nations [Isaiah 40:17]; Sparrows and Hairs [Matthew 10:29,30]. He also counts our steps and His people [Revelation 7:9].
The Writing. “When He writeth up the people.” God has written His law for our sanctification, His Word for our instruction. He has written His love in the drops of blood of Christ, for our salvation and the book of God for our elevation. His people are in the Lamb’s Book of Life and are lifted up on the breastplate and shoulders of our great High Priest, Jesus Christ.
The Reading. God writes that “this man was born there.” The context is of Zion and, by extension, the Christian Church. Outsiders are “counted in” when they are saved by His grace. What a blessing to hear of a soul coming to the Lord in our church. What a calling to preach His Word! What a blessing to see sinners come to Christ, “born there,” through the preaching of God’s Word in our churches!