I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord!” Psalm 122:1
Psalm 122 is a Psalm that was used to be sung as pilgrims went to special festivities, particularly to Jerusalem. Jerusalem was the city where God promised his presence. So, we can have an idea of the meaning of this song for the people of Israel during exile. As people far away from their country remembered that Psalm, as they heard the stories of the pilgrimages and festivities… we cannot but imagine the pain and sorrow that they felt not to be able to go to the temple in Jerusalem and worship their Lord.
As you know, we are back in a lock down and not able to go back to worship in-person. While it isn’t possible to carry on social and family engagements, our hearts feel pain and sorrow as we are not able to go to church. And so, what to do in the meantime.
There is a short verse in Psalm 122 that has been passed on from generation to generation and when you walk through Jerusalem there are signs on the streets, handcrafts and stickers in stores, banners and pictures for sale with this verse, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”
Meanwhile, we endure the pandemic and should be praying for peace! Peace in the world, peace in our cities, peace in our families and in our hearts. Pray for that peace that surpasses all understanding, so it can help us to endure the present with wisdom and care and to foresee a future of peace and healing.
I invite you to look and mediate on Psalm 122. And as I pray for peace in your hearts, I also pray for our congregation, our city and the world.
See you Sunday in “video worship”,