in The Psalms
What does it say?
- Read Psalm 122
- What feeling(s) does the psalmist express?
- Do you see any similarities between this Psalm and the previous Psalms of Ascent? (Psalm 120, 121)
- Does the psalmist give any commands?
- Do you see any repeated words or poetic devices?
What does it mean?
- Why do you think the psalmist was glad about going to the house of the Lord?
- What is the "house of the Lord"?
- In verses 3-5, the Psalmist is "looking around" Jerusalem.
- What do you think it means that Jerusalem is "bound firmly together"?
- What do you think it means that "thrones of judgment were set" in Jerusalem?
- How does the church carry out the tasks of the temple? (1 Peter 2:4-5; Ephesians 2:19-22)
- Is there anything in this passage that points to or foreshadows truths of the gospel? (Remember there might be many answers to this question: does it mirror Jesus in any way? Anything pointing to sin, judgment, salvation, God's love, etc.?)
- How many connections can you make?
How should it change us?
- The psalmist was glad and excited to gather with "the tribes of the Lord".
- How does your family usually prepare for gathering and worshiping with God's people (the church)?
- How can we better prepare our hearts in our anticipation and joy in gathering?
- What can we do throughout the week to better prepare for the corporate gathering of our church?
- How can we use this Psalm to pray for our church and for other churches?