The Joy, Testimony and Blessing of Jerusalem-Psalm 122
King David was undoubtedly filled with joy at the prospect of going up to the house of the Lord in Jerusalem. This remarkable city has a history, being the location where the three great feasts were celebrated annually and Zechariah 14:16-21 tells us that there will come a day when all nations will worship the greater King and keep the feast of Tabernacles. It is no surprise then that the world’s media attention isn’t centred around far larger and more populated cities, but in Jerusalem, the navel of the world at the meeting place between Europe, Africa and Asia. One can set foot there today and see many archaeological sites preserved throughout the centuries and walk within her gates. Jerusalem is mentioned over 800 times in the Bible and cannot be spiritualised away, since it is evidently at the centre of God’s purposes for both Jewish people and Gentiles.
The thrones of the house of David are set there for judgement. Though Solomon would build the temple, God made a covenant with David that his house, kingdom and throne would be established forever (2 Sam. 7: 16). In connection with this, David also prophesied of the Messiah’s reign (Psalm 110:1-7).
Immediately before His ascension and whilst He was in Jerusalem, Yeshua’s disciples asked “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel? (Acts 1:6)” Yeshua explained that it wasn’t for them to know the times or seasons that His Father had appointed. An angel however testified that this same Lord taken up into heaven would come in like manner as they had seen Him go up into heaven (Acts 1:11). Similarly, Zechariah wrote, ‘And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move the north and half of it the south (Zech. 14:4).
There is an emphatic declaration to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and seek her good. Despite colossal opposition from many throughout the years and even today from those who would seek to blot out the name of Israel and cut her off from being a nation (Psalm 83:4-18), God has miraculously preserved and regathered her as the scriptures foretold (Deut. 30:1-10; Isa. 66:8-9). We are instructed in sobering and uncompromising terms that those who bless her will be blessed and those who curse her will be cursed (Gen. 12:3) and we are reminded of God’s intervention concerning those who would try to eliminate her (Numbers 22-24). Let us pray purposefully for Jerusalem and seek her good. Jerusalem is the city of God and the joy of the whole earth since from there, Messiah will reign (c.f. Psalm 48:1-14)!