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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 122

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fifth Book of Psalms (c 107-150)
Message: Stepping into the Presence of God (v 1-9)

Psalms 122 Commentary 

(122:1) Dividing is the House of God - Going to God's house can be a chore or a delight. For the writer, it was a delight. As a pilgrim attending one of the three great religious feasts, he rejoiced to worship with God's people in God's house. We will likely find worship boring or undesirable when we are living with unconfessed sin or when our love for God has cooled. But if we are close to God and desire his presence, we will be eager to worship and praise him. Our present relationship with God will determine our zest for worshiping him. 132.5 The "thrones of judgment" are the courts of justice located by the city gate. In Bible times, the elders in a town would sit to hear cases and administer justice at the gate (see Ruth 4:-2). Sometimes the king himself would sit at the gate to meet his subjects and make legal decisions (see 2 Samuel 19:8). Speeches and prophecies 1 were also made at the city gate see Nehemiah 8:1; Jeremiah 17:10-20). 

(122:6) Peace and Prosperity - The psalm writer was not praying for his own peace and prosperity but for that of his family and friends in Jerusalem. This is intercessory prayer, prayer on behalf of others. Too often we are quick to pray for our own needs and desires but neglect interceding for others. Will you intercede for someone in need today? 

(122:6-9) Real Peace - The peace sought in these verses means much more than the mere absence of conflict. It suggests completeness, health, justice, prosperity, and protection. The world cannot provide this peace. Real peace comes from faith in God, because he alone embodies all the characteristics of peace. To find peace of mind and peace with others, you must find peace with God.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

His Church

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 122. In our text today, we see the theme of stepping into the presence of God. In applying, we know the joy for the believer that comes into worship. Today, as the Body of Christ, we have the privilege to worship the Lord in Spirit and truth at His House, the Church. How about you? Do you have the joy of going to the House of the Lord? Let us learn from our Psalm and Text today to remember the joy and privilege of worshiping the Lord by assembling ourselves at the House of God, His Church.


Psalm 122

Psalm 122

 1I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

 2Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.

 3Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:

 4Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD.

 5For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

 6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

 7Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

 8For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

 9Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.