Could my church be a place of peace and security for people who long for community and care? May we prosper in this pursuit. May we prosper as we offer peace and bring people together, as Jesus came to break down walls between people and make us one together…
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.
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.
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.
David is glad to be in Jerusalem. The city of God in which he prays for peace is compact, perhaps crowded, and perhaps close-knit as the gathering place of the tribes of Israel. Jerusalem is not simply a city. It is a holy place. It’s like the church of the region where its citizens gather to worship together.
He wants to see it thrive. I want the same thing for our city and for our church. Could we be a place of peace and a gathering place for worship? Could we say together, ‘let’s go to the house of the Lord?’ and come together as brother and sister?
In a time in which Jerusalem is divided today, and in a time in which refugees around the globe have no peace and have no security, could Canada, where I live, be a place of peace and security for those who have no peace?
Could my church be a place of peace and security for people in my town who long for community and support and guidance and care? May we prosper in this pursuit. May we prosper as we seek to offer peace and bring people together.
Jesus (Ephesians 2) is the one who breaks down the dividing walls between people groups and draws opposing nationalities and tribes and tongues together into oneness. May I be on his side. May our city be such a place. May my church represent him in bringing this about…