I have the honor to write this from my office in Jerusalem. Today, Wednesday, May 28, 2014 is Jerusalem Day, and soon the streets of this city will be filled with people in celebration of this special day. All around, there will be people singing and dancing, celebrating, and remembering the day in which this special city was reunified under Israel.
What’s so special about Jerusalem, you may ask?
“‘But to his son I will give one tribe, that My servant David may have a lamp always before Me in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen for Myself to put My name.” 1 Kings 11:36
No doubt, Jerusalem is the center of the world, and in my opinion, it is the most important city in the world. After all, Jerusalem is the city on which God chose to put His name.
When I think of King David’s words from Psalm 122:1 “A Psalm of ascents to David. I was glad by those who say to me ‘To the House of the Lord we will go’”, I get a glimpse of David’s great joy he had going up to the house of the Lord…in Jerusalem. What a privilege it was to go to God’s house – an honor to be in His presence. And here we are today, thousands of years later, once again witnessing people from all corners of the world, coming up to God’s city with a sense of great joy and celebration.
Jerusalem is a reality; it is a special and unique city that ought to be in the heart of every person who claims to be a follower of the Messiah. It is in the center of God’s heart, and we are to look forward to the day that the everlasting house of the Lord will rule in it once again.
Until then, let us join together in prayers for God’s true, everlasting peace to come to Jerusalem, and place it in our hearts, above any other joy:
“If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget her skill. May my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, If I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.” Psalm 137:5-6
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