In Psalm 122 we see David rejoicing because he can go up to the house of the Lord in Jerusalem and worship Him there.
Jerusalem was appointed by God to be the centre of Israelís national life and worship. People from all the tribes of Israel would travel to Jerusalem for all the celebrations and occasions, as well as seeking right judgements from the leaders who God installed there.
David calls on the Israelites to ask God to keep Israel in peace, and encourages them to pray for those who ran the city and lived in it. It was important that Israel was protected and peaceful as it was the place where the House of God stood.
The encouragement to pray for Jerusalem still applies today, but we can also draw a wider meaning from Davidís words. The place where God dwells is an important place, worthy of protection and prayer. Because of Jesusí great sacrifice, God now dwells, not in one single building, but in the body of believers. He is among us.
Daily we have the privilege to approach God, to enter into his presence. We are vessels of his Holy Spirit. So we can continue to pray for Jerusalem, but let us also pray for our churches, and for each other as believers. Let us pray for protection on those who lead us. Let us pray for protection for one another. The places and people where God is honoured and Godís work is prioritised are worthy of our prayers.
Meditation verse: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ďMay those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.Ē