Daily Bible Reading

March 23, 2023

Psalm 122(GNT)

God’s Saving Word: Prayer


Psalm 122: Today’s reading is another psalm from the “Songs of Ascents” collection. It expresses a song of praise for Jerusalem and a prayer for Jerusalem’s well-being. As noted in yesterday’s reading, it most likely was sung by pilgrims journeying to Jerusalem to worship and celebrate one of Israel’s major festivals.

Scripture Reading

In Praise of Jerusalem

122 I was glad when they said to me,
    “Let us go to the Lord’s house.”
And now we are here,
    standing inside the gates of Jerusalem!

Jerusalem is a city restored
    in beautiful order and harmony.
This is where the tribes come,
    the tribes of Israel,
to give thanks to the Lord
    according to his command.
Here the kings of Israel
    sat to judge their people.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
    “May those who love you prosper.
    May there be peace inside your walls
    and safety in your palaces.”
For the sake of my relatives and friends
    I say to Jerusalem, “Peace be with you!”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God
    I pray for your prosperity.

Today’s Key Verse:  Psalm 122:1

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the LORD’s house.”


Reread verses 1 and 2. What joy is expressed?  In verses 3-5, how is Jerusalem described and praised?  What prayer is expressed in verses 6-9?  In what ways does worshiping God bring you peace and joy?


Almighty God, how happy I am when I worship and praise you. You surround me with your love and peace, and you fill my heart with joy. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

Psalm 126: A prayer for deliverance.

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