“Pray for the peace of
~Psalm 122:6-7 (NRSV)
The third in the Songs of Ascent is a solid hymnal offering for peace. It is centred on the
In our contemporary day, this psalm is not merely a
The Traditional Significance of
As is characterised by verses 7-9, peace for
Imagine entering the city gates, standing physically in the city—even a New Jerusalem, replete with shining lights—and we are at home to peace. This is the intrinsic hope of the pilgrim as they enter the place of consummate calm.
As we imagine David writing this psalm prophetically, hoping beyond foreseeable hope, he looks forward to a time of peace for the chosen of God, to be in their homeland, where safety abounds.
Incredibly, the significance of
The Personal Significance of the
Within any city lives the city of souls and each one is a city of their own significance to God.
Such a God we know and love has given us the power of dominion over our own lives, to choose as we see fit—and, who will be our Lord?
There is only peace if our right of dominion is entrusted back to God, that the warring factions competing for the
And as this peace is borne over our reconciled souls, it is made copious for sharing, and the house of the Lord that is our lives is blessed interminably.
© 2011 S. J. Wickham.