PSALM 122#A song of Zion, sung by pilgrims obeying the law to visit Jerusalem three times on a journey. The singer anticipates joining the procession into the city (Ps 122:1–3). Jerusalem is a place of encounter, where the people praise God (Ps 122:4) and hear the divine justice mediated by the king (Ps 122:5). The very buildings bespeak God’s power (cf. Ps 48:13–15). May the grace of this place transform the people’s lives (Ps 122:6–9)!
A Pilgrim’s Prayer for Jerusalem
1A song of ascents. Of David.
I rejoiced when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”#a. [122:1] Ps 43:3–4; 84:2–5.
2And now our feet are standing
within your gates, Jerusalem.
3Jerusalem, built as a city,
walled round about.#Walled round about: lit., “which is joined to it,” probably referring both to the density of the buildings and to the dense population.#b. [122:3] Ps 48:13–14.
4There the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord,
As it was decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the Lord.#c. [122:4] Dt 16:16.
5There are the thrones of justice,
the thrones of the house of David.
6For the peace of Jerusalem pray:
“May those who love you prosper!
7May peace be within your ramparts,
prosperity within your towers.”#d. [122:7] Ps 128:5.
8For the sake of my brothers and friends I say,
“Peace be with you.”#e. [122:8] Jn 20:19ff.
9For the sake of the house of the Lord, our God,
I pray for your good.