Psalm 48 consists of two layers, a basic pre-exilic layer (vv. 2-7, 9,
13-14a, 15) and a redactional exilic layer (vv. 8, 10-12, 14b).
Analyzed with the heuristic categories of spatial theory by H.
Lefebvre (perceived space, conceived space and lived space), it can
be shown, how the pre-exilic text’s praise of the impregnability of
Jerusalem as city of God has been revised. This revision changes the
perceived space, which the text is based on, into a narrated space,
thus preserving trust in God and belief in Jerusalem as the City of
God even in the face of destruction and exile.