Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.”
Psalm 122 is one of 15 psalms (Psalms 120-134) that are known as the “Psalms of Ascent.” These were psalms sung by Israelites as they ascended to Jerusalem annually to keep the three pilgrimage festivals: the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) and the Feast of Tabernacles (Deuteronomy 16:16).
The Bible reveals that the city of Jerusalem is very important to God (Zechariah 2:8; Ezekiel 5:5). Throughout its history, Jerusalem has been a city constantly involved in division and war—and it continues to be a divisive and strife-filled city to this day. But the Bible reveals that Jerusalem will one day be at peace, fulfilling this prayer of the psalmist.
Zechariah 14 reveals that Jerusalem will be the capital city of the entire earth after the return of Jesus Christ. At that time, “Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited” (verse 11). Isaiah 2:3 reveals that the nations will be reeducated in the law of God from Jerusalem.
The peace of Jerusalem is intricately tied to the Kingdom of God—which will bring peace to the entire world. Christians should be praying “Your kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10), which will bring peace to the city of Jerusalem.
To learn more about the prophesied future of Jerusalem, read “Jerusalem in Prophecy.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Sift Out the Wicked.”