Here we have a psalm of David with a focus of a prayer for Jerusalem. This psalm is a Song of Zion that was sung on pilgrimage to the holy city. The first two verses of the psalm speak of a joy that is in anticipation of seeing Jerusalem with others and the joy of arriving there.
In verses 6-9 we see a prayer for Jerusalem’s peace and well-being. This prayer is much needed today. What would it look like for us to pray for peace for our cites, nation, and world? Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) May this psalm remind us of the need for peace and our part in bringing peace to this world.
Perhaps this psalm can most remind us of two things: First, to pray for peace and be the peacemakers. Secondly, we are called to be filled with joy when entering the holy and encountering the presence of God. May we be filled with joy, awe, and thankfulness as we are able to come into God’s holy and gracious presence.