When they said, “Let’s go to the house of God,”
my heart leaped for joy.
And now we’re here, O Jerusalem,
inside Jerusalem’s walls!
Jerusalem, well-built city,
built as a place for worship!
The city to which the tribes ascend,
all God’s tribes go up to worship,
To give thanks to the name of God—
this is what it means to be Israel.
Thrones for righteous judgment
are set there, famous David-thrones.
Pray for Jerusalem’s peace!
Prosperity to all you Jerusalem-lovers!
Friendly insiders, get along!
Hostile outsiders, keep your distance!
For the sake of my family and friends,
I say it again: live in peace!
For the sake of the house of our God, God,
I’ll do my very best for you.
-Psalm 122 MSG
As you go to God’s house today, I pray you enter with a song on your lips and thanksgiving in your hearts. May your time in loving, longing adoration of your Abba Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit fill you with all the fullness of God. Rejoice! Your King is coming!
Blessed Sabbath to you, beloved sojourner. The shalom of God fill you in every way.
If you want to learn the meaning and story behind the Psalms of Ascent, our Pilgrim Songs, I encourage you to read Beth Moore’s study Stepping Up: a journey through the Psalms of Ascent.