Psalm 122:1-9 A Song Of Trust By David
Psalm 122:1-9 Happy Feet
Again, Psalm 122 is one of the songs of ascent in Psalms 120-134. They were recited on the way to Jerusalem to the feasts of Tabernacles, Pentecost, or Passover.
The psalmist said he was happy when people said it was time to go up to the Temple (v. 1). Are you happy when it’s time to go to church? Or do you go out of habit . . . which is not a bad reason, incidentally. You should have an empty feeling on Sundays if you skip church.
But if you don’t enjoy hearing about God on Sundays, perhaps you need to find some place that teaches the Bible (v. 1).
I remember going to New York sometimes and not being able to believe I was actually watching a Broadway play or seeing the Yankees in actual Yankee Stadium or gazing on the Statue of Liberty. Someday I might feel like the psalmist and won’t be able to believe that I’m actually seeing the Temple in Jerusalem (v. 2).
I know that just like the Jew in the future, I will be amazed when I see the Millennial Temple that will be re-constructed in Jerusalem during the thousand-year reign of Christ (cf. Ezek. 40-42). Like the psalmist, I will have happy feet.
Jerusalem already looks like buildings have been compacted into it (v. 3). One of our congregants out in the country thought that our house in the suburbs was “the city.” I guess in comparison to the wide open spaces of the country, it was like the city. A study of the city of Jerusalem in the Millennium yields a description of a unique place. Many believe that the city will be suspended above the earth like a gigantic jewel (cf. Rev. 21:10-11, “And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper”).
All of the tribes of Jerusalem, all twelve of them, used to go up to the Temple for the feasts of Pentecost, Tabernacles, and Passover (v. 4). They will once again go up to Jerusalem during the Millennium for worship (cf. Addendum To The End). At that time, Jesus will reign on the throne of David, fulfilling the prophecy that a descendant of David will rule over Israel forever (v. 5, cf. 2 Sam. 7:12, 16, referring to Solomon but ultimately “forever” to Jesus).
The pilgrims were exhorted to pray for the peace of Jerusalem as they ascended to the great city (vv. 6-8). The worshippers promised to seek the prosperity of the city for the sake of the Temple (v. 9).
Do you pray for your church? Do you pray that it would be kept safe from those who would ruin it and disturb the teaching of the Bible? Well, just as the Jews used to seek the security of Jerusalem and the Temple, we should seek the prosperity of our Bible-believing churches especially as we move deeper into the end times.
Proverbs 16:19-20 The Life Of Riley
Would you like to win the lottery and be rich? Have you read what happens to people who win the lottery? Their lives usually turn into disasters as things get complicated and they are not ready for such wealth. True believers learn to be content no matter the circumstances (v. 19, cf. Phil. 4:11-12). It takes humility to live with the Lord. Remember Jesus didn’t have a fancy chariot or a big mansion on earth. He lived for heavenly reward (cf. Heb. 12:2).
The way to truly enjoy life is to enjoy the Word and trust the Lord (v. 20).
There used to be a radio show in the 40’s which became a TV show in the 50’s called “The Life Of Riley.” The main character was often shown relaxing in a hammock and enjoying life. Of course, as a sitcom, there were plenty of distractions that kept him from really enjoying life. In fact, one of his favorite sayings was, “What a revolution’ development this is!” Poor Riley.
Poor us. I think the show was so popular because we can relate. We are all pursuing the life of Riley. And verse 20 explains how to find it. Learn the Word and trust the Lord.