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>Psalm 122

In Psalms, Theology on December 3, 2007 by mstevensrev

>122:1 I was glad when they said to me,“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
2 Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!
3 Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together,
4 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.
5 There thrones for judgment were set, the thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you!
7 Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!”
8 For my brothers and companions’ sake I will say, “Peace be within you!”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.

These Psalms are the roadtrip Psalms. The Psalms of ascent, where everybody was heading toward the Temple for worship on the High Holy days, so they would sing these along the road to prepare tehem and pass the time! People who are thrilled to get to church, that is the type of church I want to go to…wait it is the type of church I go to:)

This is not just about getting to see God as this Psalm makes note of. It is about going to a place of security and rest, but it is also about catching up with your people! And they are thrilled to see you. One friend would describe church as the place where you can take your armour off, I love that picture. Sadly this is generally not the case, because there are lots of wounded people in church. And wounded people hurt other people. If you are willing to find the right place, people, time, and possible take a few on the chin while trying to encourage peace it is well worth it.

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