Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Peace of 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. 
(Psalm 122:3-9, King James Version)

Peace of Jerusalem

Verse 6 of Psalm 122 could very well be a headline right out of the newspaper today: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. As a matter of fact, it is a phrase often repeated of Joel Rosenberg, a Christian author, whose blog focuses on news from the Mideast.

What exactly did the Psalmist request is his prayer for peace?

*They shall prosper that love thee.
*Peace be within thy walls.
*Prosperity within thy gates.

Has or will that prayer ever be answered? It seems that there is no place more filled with violence and uneasy peace than the city of Jerusalem. Yet, thousands of years later, this Psalm is still relevant.

The world has certainly changed since the day this was written. With the coming of Christ, God's people now emerge from almost every nation on the globe, and Jerusalem is no longer considered the epicenter of God's church. As a matter of fact, there is no one city or country that we could consider the "center" of Christianity.

Even so, it is true that God still blesses the nations that bless Israel. It is also true that a time is coming when the Jewish people will turn back to the Lord. It is happening in smaller numbers now, but will continue to grow as the Jewish people begin to read and study the New Testament, realizing that Christ is, indeed, the promised Messiah.

As Christians today, let us continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and pray that soon, the Lord will return. In preparation for His return, may we be found ready: reading and studying His Word, sharing the Gospel with our friends and neighbors, and looking for ways to honor and serve Him with the abilities and talents that He has given to us.

The day will come when the thrones of judgment will be set. Christ will return and judge righteously. It will be a day both terrible and wonderful, for time will cease, and this world will be no more. Christ will prepare a new heaven and a new earth, and His people will live with Him forever!

By the grace of God, that is where our hearts and minds need to rest; the things of this earth hold no value when one's heart is set upon Christ. So, this day, pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

God Bless You,
Linda

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