This week’s page was created using My Digital Studio and various stamps and some background paper from Stampin’ Up! I found the castle image and the hymn page for We’re Marching to Zion online and changed the color to dark brown. I then set the opacity setting to about 60% to achieve the affect I wanted.
You can download the printable here.
Verse 1 – “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’”
The city of Jerusalem and the temple itself were visible reminders of God’s presence and covenant.
Verses 3-4 – “Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together, to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.”
As pilgrims traveling together to the same place and for the same purpose, the people become bound (or knit) together finding fellowship with one another. This became a bonding experience for individual families, for tribes, and the Israelites as a whole people.
Verses 6-7 – “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! ‘May they be secure who love you! Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!’”
This peace benefits the individual inhabitants but also the city itself. This peaceful state glorifies God while benefiting his people. The well-being of places that are centers for the worship and work of God in the world should be a matter of prayer.
Verse 8 – “For my brothers and companions’ sake I will say, ‘Peace be within you!’”
The Hebrew word shalom is rich in meaning. According to Strong’s Concordance: Shalom means completeness, safety and soundness in body, welfare, health, prosperity, peace, quiet, tranquility, contentment, friendships among people, covenant relationship between man and God.
Verse 9 – “For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.”
While the Psalm addresses the strength and security of the city, we look up to the founder of the city and consider the might and splendor of God. The Psalmist realizes that the history of Jerusalem is bound up with the activity of God and reflects the character of God. This verse is echoed in Hebrews 12:22-24 which draws our eyes to “the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering.”
City of Jerusalem, traveling pilgrims, 12 tribes, standing within the gates, secure walls and towers, thrones of the house of David
Hymns and Songs