-Theme: Stepping into the presence of God. Likening the Temple in Jerusalem to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit for the believer in Messiah Jesus.
-Historical Insight: This is yet another “Song of Ascent” or “Pilgrim Psalm” as the Hebrew people went to the Temple for the appointed feasts of the Law of Moses. This one is attributed to King David as a sincere worship Psalm for true believers as they came into the holy city from their journey.
-*Application* Are you overjoyed when you get to come into the presence of the most holy God? It can be in the congregation at church, a small group, or individually. But even with that new covenant fact, Jerusalem is indeed a special place. The aurora of coming into the LORD’s presence is a powerful feeling. I have been there, and it is tangible. The old city is still compact together with bustling economy and activity. The nations still gather there and the faithful still worship, waiting in anticipation of the coming King. God’s ordinances are still valid, and with the coming of His Holy Spirit to indwell the believer, more alive than ever. Truly it is a good thing to worship in the House of the LORD. He is everywhere, but Jerusalem is where He has chosen to magnify His presence and set up His earthly Kingdom for the millennia (1 Kings 11:36, Isaiah 65:18-19; 66:20, Zechariah 2:12: 14:4-10, Acts 1:12-14; 2:1-47, Revelation 20:6). Give thanks for His thrones of righteous judgment and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray that God will prosper those who love the holy city. Seek good for the Israeli people and what they struggle for in this time preceding the return of Messiah Jesus. His Temple will be rebuilt and His glory is on the way to Jerusalem (Jeremiah 31:38-40). Peace and prosperity be upon the apple of God’s eye.
Verses to Memorize: Psalm 122:1, 6