As I was praying about the next series of blog entries to write, I was reflecting on the very special season we just commemorated here in Israel; a season of remembering both what happened to my people during the time of the Shoah (Holocaust), and the heavy price we have paid for simply wanting to inhabit the Land God gave Israel as an independent State.
On May 28th, we will celebrate Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day). On this day, we celebrate the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. Jerusalem is the most important city in the world, and the eyes of the world are on Jerusalem. As I was praying and reflecting, I thought that in honor of this, I would write on Psalm 122, which is probably the psalm most identified with Jerusalem.
I personally believe that Psalm 122 is prophetic, and may actually be about the days in which we live today.
Just as I did for Psalm 23, I would like to offer my own translation for Psalm 122 and to encourage you to read, pray, and reflect upon the words of this wonderful, anointed psalm:
- A Psalm of ascents to David. I was glad by those who say to me “To the House of the Lord we will go”.
- Our feet were standing in your gates, Jerusalem:
- Jerusalem, which is built as a city that is connected together.
- It is to there that the tribes go up, the tribes of God; a testimony of Israel to give thanks to the Name of the Lord.
- Because there sit the chairs for judgment; the chairs for the house of David.
- Ask (Pray) for the Shalom of Jerusalem; May those who love you live quietly and peacefully.
- May peace be within your armies; peace and quiet within your Palaces.
- For the sake of my brothers and friends, I speak (and request) shalom within you.
- For the sake of the house of the Lord, our God, I will seek goodness for you (The will of God)
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