Psalm 122 reads as follows: A song of ascents. Of David.
1 I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” 2 Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem. 3 Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together. 4 That is where the tribes go up— the tribes of the LORD— to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel. 5 There stand the thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. 7 May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” 8 For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” 9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity.
This is a psalm that we hold near to our hearts as we work on our mission projects throughout Jerusalem and Israel. Verse 6, which implores us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, is especially apt in today’s world, which sees constant violence in the city and throughout Israel as the nation continues to be embroiled in conflicts against the Palestinian Authority and Lebanon.
But what is really wonderful about this psalm is the imagery of Jerusalem being “built like a city that is closely compacted together.” This refers not only to the physically dense nature of the way the city is built, but of the culture and the relationships among the people in the city. Its history is tied closely to the history of the Jewish and Christian faiths, and the people of the city are “closely compacted” in their faith in a way that you won’t find in most of the world’s other major cities. We continue to pray for peace inside the walls of Jerusalem, and to work for its prosperity for the sake of the house of the Lord our God. For those of you who are interested in supporting our mission work, this psalm is a reminder of how those who bless Israel will be blessed themselves. “May those who love you be secure.” For more information about how you can contribute to our missions in Israel, reach out to us at Curt Landry Ministries today.