Psalm 122: Prayer for Jerusalem

Why should the desire of others wanting to go to church be reason for rejoicing?

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Psalm 122:1 David’s song for worship.
I rejoice when I hear people say, “Let’s go to the house of the Lord.”
King James
Psalm 122:1 <A Song of degrees of David.> I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

How should we feel about people who attend churches that embrace doctrines that we don’t agree with?

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Psalm 122:1 David’s song for worship.
I rejoice when I hear people say, “Let’s go to the house of the Lord.”
King James
Psalm 122:1 <A Song of degrees of David.> I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

What is the best definition of “the Lord’s house”?

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Psalm 122:1 David’s song for worship.
I rejoice when I hear people say, “Let’s go to the house of the Lord.”
King James
Psalm 122:1 <A Song of degrees of David.> I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

Is there a particular place we should worship? Why?

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Psalm 122:2–4 Inside Jerusalem’s gates, we stand for worship in the city built for the gathering of God’s people, where the tribes of Israel go to recognize his greatness and give him praise.
John 4:20–21 “Tell me, why do you Jews say we must worship in Jerusalem while Samaritans say we should go to Mount Gerizim, the place where our ancestors worshiped?”
“Believe me, woman, soon you will not worship the Father either here or in Jerusalem.”
King James
Psalm 122:2–4 Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.)
John 4:20–21 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

How much respect should we have for the rule of law?

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Psalm 122:5 People are judged by the standards consistent with the rule of King David.
King James
Psalm 122:5 For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

Why does Jerusalem need prayer?

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Psalm 122:6–7 Pray for the welfare of Jerusalem, that those who love you will prosper.
May peace reside within the city walls, the watch towers saying all is well.
King James
Psalm 122:6–7 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

What’s the best advice for people who lack peace?

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Psalm 122:8 I say to those near and dear to me, “May you have total peace within.”
King James
Psalm 122:8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

How effective are prayers for someone’s prosperity? Why might they be ineffective?

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Psalm 122:9 For the sake of God’s family, I pray that you will prosper.
King James
Psalm 122:9 Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.