Study Guide – Psalm 122

1 I rejoiced with those who said to me,

    “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
2 Our feet are standing
    in your gates, Jerusalem.

What would it take to make verse 1 a reality in your own church community?

This psalm is one of many songs of "ascent", meaning that it would be used to prepare the hearts of people as they approached Jerusalem to gather together for worship. With verse 2 in mind, how could you personally instill this sense of readiness for a worship gathering?

3 Jerusalem is built like a city
    that is closely compacted together.
4 That is where the tribes go up—
    the tribes of the Lord—
to praise the name of the Lord
    according to the statute given to Israel.
5 There stand the thrones for judgment,
    the thrones of the house of David.


Many people think of ancient Israel in terms of shepherds, rural caves, or battles in large open valleys. But verse 3-5 of this psalms describes a different perspective. What do you learn about the pro-urban environment of Israel?

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
    “May those who love you be secure.
7 May there be peace within your walls
    and security within your citadels.”
8 For the sake of my family and friends,
    I will say, “Peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
    I will seek your prosperity. NIV


This psalm is attributed to David. How is his prayer in verses 6-9 for Jerusalem's peace a personal prayer (See verse 8 in particular)?

How is his prayer in verses 6-9 for the sake of the house of the Lord our God?

::::: Personal Application :::::

For your sake and for the sake of your local church community, for what do you need to pray in terms of your city (or the Christians in your networks) today? Be sure to take some time to do that 

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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