1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.”2 Our feet have been standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem!
3 Jerusalem is built
As a city that is compact together,
4 Where the tribes go up,
The tribes of the Lord,
To the Testimony of Israel,
To give thanks to the name of the Lord.
5 For thrones are set there for judgment,
The thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
7 Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your palaces.”
8 For the sake of my brethren and companions,
I will now say, “Peace be within you.”
9 Because of the house of the Lord our God
I will seek your good.
David wrote this psalm, primarily about Jerusalem. He starts the psalm with a famous passage about the joy of going into the house of the Lord. He also instructs the reader to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Surrounding those passages, the psalmist speaks of the majesty of Jerusalem and the special nature of the city because the house of the Lord is there.
Israel still has a special place in God’s plan. The smallish nation is a powerful military force, and is protected by God. Jerusalem is a holy city to three different religions, including the Jews, Christians, and Muslims. However, when Jesus comes back to Earth and sets up His reign for 1000 years, none of these religions will have a corner on the market when it comes to truth. While Christianity is the truth religion and faith system, God will be the One who rules and reigns, and we will simply reign with Him. That will be a special time, and eventually a new Jerusalem will come down from God out of Heaven, restoring the glory of a divided, war-torn, idolatry-laden city that once shined in the eyes of God. Look forward to that day; serve Him; live for Him.