O Jerusalem!

 Psalm 122 v 7 “O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces.”

David composed this song to be sung on the road to Jerusalem. Physically positioned on higher ground going to Jerusalem was an uphill walk. David describes that he was happy to be going to Jerusalem, and what he saw when he got there. This is the same reason that people still walk there, to give thanks to the name of the Lord, to see the thrones of David, and to pray for peace, and what is best for Jerusalem.

In this psalm David is aware of the physicality of Jerusalem. A real place with a history of a temple and a palace. A place where God lives, and Kings rule the area.  From a blog 25 facts about Jerusalem I found these comments on modern day Jerusalem: – 

Christians know Jerusalem to be the place where Jesus suffered and also triumphed, while Muslims hold it as the goal of the Prophet Muhammad’s mystic night journey. It is the site of one of Islam’s most sacred shrines.

To the Jews, the City of Jerusalem is the focus of age-old longings, proof of prehistoric splendor and independence and a center of national reawakening.

“Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. ” Psalm 122 v 6

With Judaism, Christianity and Islam having their roots in the City of Jerusalem, places of worship accommodating the three religions are found within the City.

Because of its physical position Jerusalem has been part of many conflicts and the government of Canada website states:-

Jerusalem – Exercise a high degree of caution

Exercise a high degree of caution in Jerusalem due to the potential for rapid deterioration of the security environment, instances of politically motivated attacks and violence in parts of the city, and the potential for protests and clashes between protestors and local authorities in East Jerusalem and parts of the Old City.

So prayers for peace are still required for the physical place of Jerusalem and for all of us as we celebrate this busy time of year.

Prayer: Holy God, whose Son walked the streets of Jerusalem, keep safe all the travelers who are heading to the area to celebrate His birth. Encourage us all to walk the path of peace and prosperity during this Christmas season. Amen.

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