After a couple of detours to look at other views, I’m back in the Psalms and today’s was Psalm 122. It is a Psalm I normally skip over as of no interest to me but today I meditated on it a bit longer.
I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem. (Psalm 122:1-2 NIV)
I thought of myself being invited by a group of friends to go on an exciting trip with them, to Jerusalem, to the temple. I felt included. “Let us…” I also felt accepted. There was a tacit understanding that I would be welcome in the house of the LORD.
It was also exciting. “Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem.” I might take a selfie of myself and my group with the gates. It’s like boasting on social media -“I am at the Taj Mahal, or the Red Square or Big Ben.”
Verses 3 – 5 describe Jerusalem almost like a travel brochure – what it looks like, some of its history and tourist attractions.
The remaining verses exhort us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. It’s like going to Cape Town and being asked to save water.
So, as a tourist to Jerusalem, I will pray for its peace and prosperity.