What an incredible privilege it is to gather publicly to worship God with others!
This psalm of ascents was written to celebrate Jerusalem, the city of God, and the pilgrimage God’s people made to Jerusalem to worship at the temple.
Today, our pilgrimages are shorter, our worship gatherings scattered throughout the world. And still we are invited to rejoice at the opportunity to worship in God’s house with God’s people.
I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the LORD.” (v. 1 CSB)
We, too, are invited to pray for the well-being and peace of Jerusalem.
Pray for the well-being of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure;
may there be peace within your walls,
security within your fortresses.” (v. 6-7 CSB)
And we can pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world who risk their safety and even their lives to gather to worship. Here and here are some general ways you can pray for persecuted believers. If you want to pray for specific requests from persecuted Christians around the world, look here.
Father, thank You for the privilege of public worship. Help me – I never want to take for granted the privilege of worshiping with others. For my brothers and sisters around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus, protect them as they gather to worship. Let Your love and the power of the gospel reach the hearts of their enemies. And I pray that Your peace will fill Jerusalem today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.