Verse 1 – I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.”
Verse 2 – Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!
Do you get excited when it’s time to go to the house of the Lord? I think too many forget how privileged we are living in the US. We can either choose to worship or not and choose which church to go to. In most places, there is a house of God five minutes from where you live.
David was excited that the house of the Lord was in Jerusalem. They had fought for that privileged with their lives.
Verse 3 – Jerusalem, is built as a city that is compact together,
Verse 4 – Where the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, to the Testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
The tribes mentioned, are the 12 tribes of Israel, Yahweh’s tribes. Attendance at the three yearly festivals was mandatory. These were: Passover, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and the Festival of Booths (Exodus 23:14-17; Leviticus 23; Deuteronomy 16).
Verse 5 – For thrones are set there for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.
The “thrones of judgment” are the courts of justice by the town gate. Solomon’s temple contained a “hall of thrones.” This was where judicial function was decided and administered.
Verse 6 – Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; “May they prosper who love you.
Verse 7 – Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.”
Verse 8 – For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, “Peace be within you.”
Verse 9 – Because of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.
Peace spoken about in these verses is much more than the absence of conflict. It speaks of a wholeness; heath, justice, prosperity, and protection. Real peace will come in faith in God.