Psalm 122

Psalm 122 is another of the psalms of ascent which were sang as the people headed toward the temple in Jerusalem.  It’s a very common start in verse one – a ‘poster verse’ used in a lot of ways.  “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!””  How do you enter your worship experience on Sunday morning?  Are you glad you get to head to God’s house, or is it a task or activity you do because it looks good to those who know you and you won’t have to answer any questions if you show up.

Spending time with God and a community of believers is definitely something to be glad for.  It’s core to God’s design for the church and our walk with Him.  But worship is only one part of the gladness this psalm is referring to.  The interaction is much broader and not only includes worship, but justice, thanksgiving, coming together, safety and peace.  The power of coming to the temple is about much more than a few songs and a sermon.  And it was compelling – it drew people – it wasn’t something that had to be done but made a huge impact in the lives of those who journeyed there.

The psalmist talks about the unity and power of being bound together.  “Jerusalem – built as a city that is bound firmly together, to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord”.  It was a place people came together and became as one.  They had a common purpose – to give thanks to God for all His goodness and blessing.  They knew that they would find justice there.  “There thrones for judgment were set, the thrones of the house of David”.  The Lord’s house was a place that burdens could be lifted and restitution’s made.  It could set you free.

It was also a place of peace.  “Peace be within your walls and security within your towers”!  God has promised to be here, so it is a place filled with His presence and protection.  It is a place where we can go and find peace and safety, when we abide with Him.  We can find peace when we sit at the Father’s feet.  It is the only place we will be able to find that everlasting peace.  God is our rock, our security, and our future and hope.  Like people back in David’s day, we need to go to Him.  We need to be glad about pursuing God and His presence as it truly is our most holy place!

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