Psalm 122

Psalm 122

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Let Us Go to the House of the Lord

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

122   I was glad when they said to me,
    “Let us go to the house of the LORD!”
  Our feet have been standing
    within your gates, O Jerusalem!
  Jerusalem—built as a city
    that is bound firmly together,
  to which the tribes go up,
    the tribes of the LORD,
  as was decreed for Israel,
    to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
  There thrones for judgment were set,
    the thrones of the house of David.
  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
    “May they be secure who love you!
  Peace be within your walls
    and security within your towers!”
  For my brothers and companions’ sake
    I will say, “Peace be within you!”
  For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
    I will seek your good.

(ESV)


Psalm 122 Commentary

by Hank Workman

There is nothing like the presence of our Jesus!  When we note that He is right among us, moving within, giving strength and hope, it stirs our heart.  His presence will undoubtedly drive us to a place of sheer peace.

There are times for each of us that He in His magnificent and wonderful way allows us to sense Him.  He is there always but when He allows us to sense Him it is beyond anything we can conjure in our thought or mind.  The Holy Spirit is on full display when Jesus has Him sensed.

Every single Sunday as our pastoral and worship team assembles before taking the stage, we gather together.  A prayer I make each week is “Holy Spirit if you do not show up, we have nothing to bring.”  This is all so true.  For we can plan, make arrangements, carefully attempt to do what we think best for the weekly gathering, but without the Holy Spirit it is nothing.

We look for and long for the Holy Spirit to show up and work among us.  Reaching each individual with where we are, what baggage and hardship we have brought that Sunday, only He can arrest our minds and draw our thoughts through our worship to be readied for God’s Word.

What Jerusalem was for the Israelite’s, the church today is for the Believer.  This is what makes this psalm so relevant and powerful. For David when penning this had in mind both the community and the individual who would come together to the House of God. This brought joy and gladness to Him.  He knew that with God’s presence there, they would meet.  For the House of the Lord, which in David’s day was not the temple yet, was the place he could draw in his thoughts and prayers.  It was where He could worship and hear God’s Word.  It made him glad.

We need the community of Believers.  We need the church.  It is important for us to gather together as God’s people to do just as David did – and come with expectation.  Our gathering together is for His glory and our benefit.  Pray before even coming together.  Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what He has needed that day.  Inquire and seek of Him to search your heart.  Be readied with anticipation of meeting with your God.


Psalm 122 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

In the Christian Jewish Bible, verse 4 speaks to two reasons for going to the house of the Lord.

The tribes have gone up there, the tribes of Adonai, as a witness to Isra’el, to give thanks to the name of Adonai.

Psalms 122:4 CJB

They go to witness and give thanks.

Charles Spurgeon writes…

“We should go up to the house of God, then, for two purposes, first, “unto the testimony of Israel;” that is, to hear what God testifies to us, and also publicly to testify our confidence in him; and, next, we should go up “to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.”

Charles Spurgeon

It is no surprise that we engage in the same actions when we gather together corporately. We go to hear what God testifies to us (sermon) and we go to give thanks unto the Name of the Lord (worship). There is much debate these days over what the church should look like. Some say it should go back to a simple meeting in houses. Others cling to the traditional corporate gathering.

Psalm 122:4 emphasizes that church life is not about the structure or the building but rather the people. No matter where or how we gather, the priority is hearing God’s Word testify to us and praising God’s Name together. There is a way to gather which is not glorifying to God. Paul addresses it in 1 Corinthians 11.

In the following instructions, however, I do not praise you, because your meetings for worship actually do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I have been told that there are opposing groups in your meetings; and this I believe is partly true.

1 Corinthians 11:17-18 GNB

When gathering shifts from being about God to being about us, that time becomes useless. We must keep God at the heart of our gatherings!

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