Psalm 122, Numbers 2, Isaiah 39, Ephesians 6:10‐24
Ps. 122:1-2 – I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” 2 Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! – Psalm 122 is a song celebrating Jerusalem, the Holy City. David begins the psalm by remembering a pilgrimage to the house of the Lord in Jerusalem. He was thrilled to be able to worship God in Jerusalem’s majestic temple. The psalm ends by urging the singers to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. There is a longing in David that the people of God might always be able to celebrate the great city of Zion. As Christians we can celebrate our King, Jesus at our house of worship. Jesus is always present with His followers.
Numbers 2 gives us the details of how the Children of Israel were to camp in the wilderness. 603,550 men, not including the Levites was a massive amount of people to look after. God had specific instruction for how the people were to camp, who the leaders should be, and where the people were to camp.
Is. 39:8 – Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my days.” – Isaiah 39 is a short chapter of Scripture that tells a tragic tale. Hezekiah was considered to be on of Israel’s good kings. But, when envoys from Babylon come to visit him, Hezekiah foolishly shows them all that God has blessed him with. God tells Hezekiah that a day would come when all of Hezekiah’s wealth would be taken away to Babylon. His own sons would be taken away to become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. Hezekiah responds with joy because at least in the days that he ruled their would be peace and security. What a sad statement from a king and a father. He may have been one of Israel’s good kings, but he was a weak leader and a terrible father.
Eph. 6:10-20 – We are in a spiritual battle, plain and simple. Ephesians 6:10-20 gives us the most profound teaching in all of Scripture in regard to spiritual warfare. Take some time to read these verses and think through the significance of each piece of the armor of God. I know many people who are in the habit of praying on each piece of the armor of God each day.