A psalm of ascents to be sung while entering Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. According to wikipedia, Jerusalem has been destroyed at least twice, besieged 23 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, and attacked 52 times. Even today there is conflict and unrest in this holy city.
In Psalm 122, David demonstrates his love for Jerusalem and his people, Israel. Reading his request to pray for peace in Jerusalem has echoed through the many generations that followed him.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you prosper. May there be peace inside your walls and safety in your palaces.” Psalm 122:6-7
In this beautiful psalm, David is giving tribute to God and the mighty works of His hands. I love how he describes nature: speaking without a sound or word, their voice is never heard.
Years ago, when my children were young, I was staring at a large white bird in the tree by my house. I found a very quiet place in my thoughts and everything seemed to slow down. As I watched the bird, I felt God tell me, deep inside my soul, that everything was going to be okay. Those were healing words for a worried and busy working-mom. My stress and worry were gone, I was filled with a quiet and confident peace.
In this well-known prayer, Saint Francis models for us a posture we can chose when faced with uncertainty. He begins by humbling himself, inviting Jesus to work through him. Submitting his own will to God’s will.
I wonder, how would Jesus use my life today, if I submitted myself to him? How could he reach out, through me, to bring peace. How could he sow love, with my hands, with my words, with my heart, if I simply moved my will out of his way? His will has to be better than all the thoughts I am wrestling with right now.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. In my small territory on this grand planet. In my sphere in these United States of America. Bring your peace through me. Please sow your love. Amen.