Hi friends! Today we’ll jump into another short series called A Deeper Look at Psalm 122. Scripture teaches us to stand with and support Israel, and perhaps the most important way to do that is to pray for her. Often on this blog, we are encouraged to do just that, and Psalm 122 is often referenced.
So, let’s ask the Lord to give us deeper understanding of that familiar passage. Here it is:
1I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
2 Our feet are standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem,
3 Jerusalem, that is built
As a city that is compact together;
4 To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord—
An ordinance for Israel—
To give thanks to the name of the Lord.
5 For there thrones were set for judgment,
The thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
7 “May peace be within your walls,
And prosperity within your palaces.”
8 For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will now say, “May peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.
A bit of foundation: Psalm 122 is one of several songs of ascent that were customarily recited as the Jewish people made their way to Jerusalem three times a year for the feasts. It was a song of great joy, written by King David after Jerusalem had been captured from the Jebusites (see 2 Samuel 5), and the tabernacle and ark had returned to the Holy City.
This is the city upon which God placed His name. It is a special place marked by God as the center of the world. It is the city God knew would ultimately be a stumbling block to the entire world. Is it any wonder we are commanded to pray for the peace of Jerusalem?
We’ll take it verse-by-verse to mine the nuggets of God’s Word concerning this prayer this week, so stick with us! Meanwhile, just do as the passage instructs: pray! See you tomorrow!