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Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

December 8, 2017
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Photo shows men praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem

The recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States once again brings attention to “The Holy City,” said to be the focal point of the world. In reflecting on this occurrence, Psalm 122 in the Amplified Bible comes to mind:

Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem.

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 are standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem,

Jerusalem, that is built
As a city that is firmly joined together;

To which the [twelve] tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord,
[As was decreed as] an ordinance for Israel,
To give thanks to the name of the Lord.

For there the thrones of judgment were set,
the thrones of the house of David.


Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you [holy city].

“May peace be within your walls
and prosperity within your palaces.”

For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will now say, “May peace be within you.”

For the sake of the house of the Lord our God [which is Jerusalem],
I will seek your (the city’s) good.

This particular psalm is said to be among the Psalms of Degrees or Songs (Psalms) of Ascent. Psalms 120-134 comprise a “hymn book” from which pilgrims sang as they were ascending Mount Zion, the highest point in Jerusalem, the place of celebration of the annual feasts mandated by God for the Children of Israel.  Clift McCann writes in The New Interpreter’s Bible that these psalms are all short enough to be memorized and several contain references to everyday life, implying that these psalms reflect the experiences of everyday people traveling or arriving at Jerusalem.

Logos Bible software notes this Psalm expresses the sacred joy of the pilgrims on entering the Holy City, where praise, as the religious as well as civil metropolis, is celebrated, and for whose prosperity, as representing the Church, prayer is offered. While the entire psalm has been described as a prayer, verse 6 is a specific exhortation to pray and the inspiration for these lyrics:

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of the City of Peace.

 

Watchmen on the wall, do not tarry

But carry the message and tell all the people to pray,

To give the Lord no rest, but call on Him night and day

And pray, pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

 

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of the City of Peace.

 

Watchmen on the wall, do not tarry

But carry the message and tell all the people to pray,

To give the Lord no rest but call on Him night and day

And pray, pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

 

Watchmen on the wall, do not tarry

But carry the message and tell all the people to pray,

To stand in the gap and make up the hedge night and day,

And pray, pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

 

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of the City of Peace.

The peace God desires, not only for Jerusalem but for the whole world, goes beyond the usual definition referring to “the normal non-warring condition of a nation, a group of nations or the world. . . a state of harmony among people or groups; cessation or freedom from strife or dissension.” In contrast, the Biblical definition encompasses a state of untroubled, undisturbed well-being, expressed in the Hebrew expression shalom.

According to Strong’s Concordance, shalom means “completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.” For the Christian believer, it is an inner reality, revealed as the peace of God that comes from the God of peace obtained through the Prince of Peace.  This peace which passes all understanding is not dependent upon outside conditions.

Now more than ever before, we need to heed the words of the Psalmist and “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”

Esther Mui offers a lively musical rendering of Psalm 122 Song (KJV) “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem”:

 

 

“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 15

May 29, 2013
As we pursue Godly wisdom, we are also encouraged to "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem."

As we pursue Godly wisdom, we are also encouraged to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”

In looking over a collection of poetry in which there is a reference to wisdom, I came across “As We Pray,” a poetic exhortation to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” I also thought of a particular day that is set aside for various groups to come together to pray for Jerusalem. One such occasion is the first Sunday in October, when hundreds of thousands gather across the globe to offer prayers to God on behalf of the Holy City. The exhortation to pray for Jerusalem is not confined to one specific day of prayer, but the indication is that such prayer should be ongoing.

Last year, I presented a series of blog entries entitled “Twelve for Twelve in 2012,” based on the 12 verses of Isaiah 62 which was the personal theme passage that I had adopted at the beginning of the year.  In one of the entries we find a reminder to call unto God “And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” For a more detailed discussion of that verse check out “Seven for Twelve on 7-4-12.” I am simply suggesting that the reminder to pray for the peace of Jerusalem should be ongoing, particularly in light of the ever-escalating critical conditions in the Middle East.

Note the reference to pursuing wisdom which we have also discussed in previous “Words of Wisdom”:

As We Pray

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

“May they prosper who love you.

Peace be within your walls,

Prosperity within your palaces.”

Psalm 122:6-7

 

This week as we pray, we focus on the Kingdom,

Established and grounded on a sure foundation.

As we diligently pursue Godly wisdom,

New paths of this Apostolic Reformation

Unfold as the sun rises on the horizon.

Even in turbulent times, we must stay the course.

Aware of consequences of each decision,

We look to God our Father, bountiful resource.

We are new wineskins, flexible, open to change.

With a “kingdom mindset” we now see with new eyes.

Beyond past narrow limits our view is long-range.

We number our days with each sunset and sunrise.

Observing the times and giving meaning to them,

We ever pray for “the peace of Jerusalem.”

 

Mariano Jose Jimenez offers a musical composition inspired by the exhortation to “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.”

Eight for Twelve on 8-4-12

August 4, 2012

Isaiah 62 with its 12 verses comprises the theme for the New Year: “Twelve for Twelve in 2012.”

At the beginning of the New Year, I posted a blog in Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe based on my theme and scriptural focal point for 2012. In this case, I had selected Isaiah 62, a passage that most providentially contains twelve verses. In studying the chapter, I decided to write a series of poems, as I personalized each of the twelve verses, calling the collection “Twelve for Twelve for 2012.” Here is the link to the first installment, published in two parts, inspired by Isaiah 62:1: “One for Twelve”:

I continue the series with the eighth installment “Eight for Twelve,” a personalized poetic rendering of Isaiah 62:8, posted on August 4, 2012.  Here is the verse from the New Living Testament:

The Lord has sworn to Jerusalem by his own strength:
    “I will never again hand you over to your enemies.
Never again will foreign warriors come
    and take away your grain and new wine.

Eight for Twelve

 Isaiah 62:8

Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work.

The one who began the work is the faithful one:       

Remind Him that what He began is not yet done.

Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work.         

Until He establishes the City of Peace,       

Do not hold your peace but pray for Jerusalem,   

For the Lord’s heart is always turned toward them    

Until He establishes the City of Peace.                 

Until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth,   

Until the whole earth shall marvel at her splendor   

Do not hold back, always pray, never surrender  

Until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.  

 

In anticipation of a forthcoming event or celebration or holiday, children will sometimes incessantly remind a parent that he or she has made a promise, as the children will do all that they can to ensure that the parent does not forget. During the months, weeks, or days prior to the promised event, words such as these seem to echo repeatedly: “Remember what you said. . . you promised. . . Don’t forget what you promised.” In a similar manner, the passage from Isaiah 62 reveals that God promised to restore and redeem Israel, His chosen people. Even though Israel is in captivity at the time of the writing of this passage, God promises to keep speaking and working until His purposes for Jerusalem are fulfilled. Like little children, God’s people are encouraged to give Him no rest, to pray without ceasing, to keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking.

This message is reiterated in this poem:

As We Pray

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

“May they prosper who love you.

 Peace be within your walls,

Prosperity within your palaces.”

 Psalm 122:6-7

This week as we pray, we focus on the Kingdom,

Established and grounded on a sure foundation.

As we diligently pursue Godly wisdom,

New paths of this Apostolic Reformation

Unfold as the sun rises on the horizon.

Even in turbulent times, we must stay the course.

Aware of consequences of each decision,

We look to God our Father, bountiful resource.

We are new wineskins, flexible, open to change.

With a “kingdom mindset” we now see with new eyes.

Beyond past narrow limits our view is long-range.

We number our days with each sunset and sunrise.

Observing the times and giving meaning to them, 

We ever pray for “the peace of Jerusalem.”

The song “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem” uploaded by Pendelican also captures the essence of Psalm 122:6-7:

These lyrics to an original song were also inspired by the passage from Psalm 122:6-7

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of the City of Peace.

Watchmen on the wall, do not tarry

But carry the message and tell all the people to pray,

To give the Lord no rest, but call on Him night and day

And pray, pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of the City of Peace.

Watchmen on the wall, do not tarry

But carry the message and tell all the people to pray,

To give the Lord no rest but call on Him night and day

And pray, pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Watchmen on the wall, do not tarry

But carry the message and tell all the people to pray,

To stand in the gap and make up the hedge night and day,

And pray, pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of the City of Peace.

Lyrics to another original composition express the same sentiment in another song with the same title:

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of the Land of Israel.

Pray for the peace; let your prayers never cease.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is a city, a city that is built four-square.

A glorious city coming down as a bride prepared

Three gate on the North; three gates on the South;

Three gates on the East and three gates on the West.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Someday I shall see the New Jerusalem.

I shall walk upon the streets of purest gold.

I now realize I shall see with my own eyes.

I shall see and be in the New Jerusalem.

I shall see and be in the New Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of the Land of Israel.

Pray for the peace; let your prayers never cease.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Here is another video by Paul Wilbur, relating the same exhortation to “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem”: 

A number of years ago, our church participated in a Passover Seder, as Rev. Howard Silverman, leader of Beth Messiah, messianic congregation, conducted a teaching event that illuminated and illustrated “Christ in the Passover.” Following that most enlightening and inspiring event, I wrote the following poem, as I reflected upon the one of the remarks that concludes each Seder: “Next year in Jerusalem”:

  “Next Year in Jerusalem”

In the month of Nisan, the first month of the year,       

We remember forever the first sacred feast 

At Passover, ordained by God to celebrate                    

That Jehovah Jireh provides more than enough.                    

We taste bitter and sweet at the Seder table           

And rise to proclaim, “Next year in Jerusalem.”                                                                                                           

Chosen by God, given His name, Jerusalem,                   

The place where Passover brings great joy each new year. 

First eaten in haste then at the Seder table,              

The Lord God Himself sanctified this holy feast.                 

We partake of fruit of the vine and food enough            

To remember the Lord’s goodness and celebrate.             

 

 

Our hearts flow with thanksgiving as we celebrate,        

While still praying for the peace of Jerusalem.        

To know the love of God it would have been enough, 

But great grace and peace fill our lives year after year.

God declared this to be a perpetual feast                                   

And set in order the first Passover table.            

 

 

In the wilderness the Lord prepared a table            

That His people might know His love and celebrate      

That the angel of death passed over with this feast.      

So they began their journey toward Jerusalem,                 

Where they would come to observe Passover each year                                  

When only an unblemished lamb would be enough.              

 

 

To assemble ourselves for worship is enough.            

In this place no leaven defiles the Lord’s table.                                               

We eat the bread of affliction another year,                             

Recalling release from bondage to celebrate,                                       

Yet yearning for Passover in Jerusalem     

When in His kingdom we shall share this glorious feast.          

 

 

With a new covenant Christ declared a new feast:                  

To eat the bread and drink the cup will be enough.

The peace of God shall seal the New Jerusalem                                   

When God fulfills His kingdom at the Lord’s table                            

When angels gather His elect to celebrate             

All the feasts of the Lord from year to endless year.                           

 

 

The Year of Jubilee shall be a holy feast                    

To celebrate God’s goodness with much more than enough

At the welcome table in New Jerusalem.          

           

Here is a video version of the Jewish song “Next Year in Jerusalem”:

“Next year in Jerusalem,” meaning “See you next year in Yerushalayim for Passover,” has been used as a farewell and a prayer since 70 A.D. when the Romans destroyed the second Temple. As Christians we look forward to the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Yeshua, Messhiach, the Prince of Peace, when we too shall sit at the “welcome table in New Jerusalem.