A song of ascents. Of David.
1I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the House of The LORD.”
2Our feet are standing
in Your Gates, Jerusalem.
3Jerusalem is built like a city
that is closely compacted together.
4That 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.
5There stand the thrones for judgment,
the thrones of the house of David.
6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
7May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
8For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
9For the Sake of The House of The LORD our GOD,
I will seek your prosperity.
This Psalm seems to have been penned by David for the use of the people of Israel, when they came up to Jerusalem to worship at the three solemn feasts. It was in David's time that Jerusalem was first chosen to be the city where GOD Would Put HIS Name.
It being a new thing, this, among other means, was used to bring the people to be in love with Jerusalem, as the holy city, though it was but the other day in the hands of the Jebusites.
I. The joy with which they were to go up to Jerusalem (v. 1, 2).
II. The great esteem they were to have of Jerusalem (v. 3-5).
III. The great concern they were to have for Jerusalem and the prayers they were to put up for its welfare (v. 6-9).
In singing this Psalm we must have an eye to the Gospel church, which is called the “Jerusalem that is from above.”