Psalm 122

A song to sing as we climb.

David wrote this song.

1 It made me very happy when people said to me,

‘We will go to the house of the Lord.’

122:1‘The house of the Lord’ was a tent when David was alive. Later, they built a stone temple to be God's house.

2 Now we have arrived!

We are standing inside your gates, Jerusalem!

3 Jerusalem is a strong city where many people can meet together.

4 Israel's tribes who belong to the Lord go up there.

122:4There were 12 tribes in Israel. They were God's special people.

They go there to thank the Lord,

as he has commanded them.

5 Israel's leaders sit there to judge the people.

They sit on the thrones of King David's descendants.

6 Pray that there will be peace in Jerusalem.

Pray that people who love Jerusalem will be safe.

7 Yes, I pray that there will be peace inside the city's walls.

I pray people will be safe in their strong houses.

8 Because of my family and my friends I will pray,

‘Please let there be peace in Jerusalem.’

9 Because of the house of the Lord our God,

I will pray for good things to happen in Jerusalem.