(By Kelly Mcdonald Jr) “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you! Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!’ For my brothers and companions’ sake, I will now say, ‘Peace be within you.’ Because of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good” (Ps. 122:6-9).
David wrote Psalm 122. In this particular chapter, he implores us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. This makes sense because David actually lived in the city of Jerusalem. He received the plans and made preparations for the temple that would later be built by Solomon in the city (1 Chron. 22-29). Obviously, David would want peace in the city where God’s house would be built.
If we think more about David’s life, we realize God actually used Him to bring peace to Jerusalem. He conquered the city, and it was firmly established by God. The kingdom of Israel was so secure that his son Solomon dwelt in safety. “For he had dominion over all the region on this side of the River from Tiphsah to Gaza, over all the kings on this side of the River, and he had peace on all borders of his land. Judah and Israel lived safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan to Beersheba all the days of Solomon” (I Kings 4:24-25). CONTINUE