Pull up a chair, friends. Scripture commands us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, so we’re digging into the familiar passage, Psalm 122. Let’s consider verse 1:
I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
As mentioned yesterday, Jewish pilgrims journeying to Jerusalem for the feasts recited this song of ascent (along with several others). It is also significant to know that Jerusalem sits on a hill, thus one is always going “up” to Jerusalem, regardless of which direction it is approached. So there is a physical “going up” to Jerusalem.
But there is also a spiritual “going up” connotation. Jerusalem has been called the port city of eternity. It is not a “super spiritual” city in and of itself. After all, it and its Temple were both destroyed on two occasions, and even today, the population is largely secular. Yet, the city is holy because God chose it!
Just as He chose the Jewish people for a special and unique role (vehicle of world redemption), He also chose this city as the place of the Messiah’s crucifixion and resurrection to accomplish redemption for us!
Just as importantly, King Jesus will one day return to that city at the invitation of His chosen people (Matthew 23:39), to redeem them. The city of Jerusalem holds eternal significance, so let’s pray for the Prince of Peace to return and introduce true peace!
Pray today…then join us again tomorrow! See you then!