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A Song of degrees of David. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.
JOY IN GOD’S HOUSE
As in the other psalms of the series there is here alternation between soloist and choir. In Psa_122:1 the soloist rejoices in the proposal made to go on a pilgrimage. The chorus announces that the journey is already accomplished, Psa_122:2-5. The Church of Christ is compacted, built together, by His tears, and blood, and risen power. In Psa_122:6, the soloist bids the company salute Jerusalem, r.v. margin, and the chorus replies. In Psa_122:7-9 the soloist announces three reasons why they should pray for Jerusalem’s peace: They who love her prosper; those who reside within her precincts are our brethren and companions; hers is the house of God builded for His habitation.
The life of the pilgrim is full of sharp contrasts. Yesterday he was rejoicing in Jerusalem and sharing her peace; today he is grieved with the contempt of her foes. Hence this tiny psalm, which has been compared to “a sigh, an upward look, a sigh.” The oriental servant is an adept at reading the meaning of his master’s slightest gesture, Psa_123:2. Let us live, as our Savior did, with our eye fixed on the least indication of God’s will. See Act_16:1-10.