Psalm 122: “The House of the Lord”
If you’re reading along in these psalms, you may have noticed the progression of the travels. Back in Psalm 120, the travelers see Jerusalem from afar. In Psalm 121, we see that they are close enough to lift their eyes to see the mountains. Here in Psalm 122, they are at the city and ready to go to the temple. This psalm is really broken into three parts. The first focuses arriving in Jerusalem (verses 1-2) and the second part on the city itself (verses 3-5). Finally, verses 6-9 is a prayer for Jerusalem. In the first section, there is an anticipation, and a rejoicing when they arrive. I think this section is a good reminder for Christian worshippers to look froward to gathering, not as a “have to,” but more of a “get to.” Jerusalem, here, is described as a beautiful place, and a place that was desirable to be at. That is why in verse 6, David calls for prayer over the chosen city of God. There’s a bit of a promise here as well, that those who are “friends” with Jerusalem are blessed. These psalms are really about being in the presence of the Lord. This one reminds us to be excited and glad.