Daily Reading and Prayer: June 18

Psalm 125 continues the Psalms of Ascents, as the pilgrims continue their journey to worship in Jerusalem. Observant Jews (who could afford it) made this pilgrimage several times a year, for the big festivals and to make sacrifice. We are told that Jesus’ family did the same – they would have been singing this very Psalm.
Jerusalem in in the mountains, and is itself built on a series of hills. “Zion” is the name of one of those 5 hills, and became a name given to the whole city – particularly the Heavenly Jerusalem.

1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people
both now and forevermore.
3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain
over the land allotted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
their hands to do evil.
4 Lord, do good to those who are good,
to those who are upright in heart.
5 But those who turn to crooked ways
the Lord will banish with the evildoers.
Peace be on Israel.

Prayer
Lord, You are the God of peace and love in Whom I place my trust. Give me a peaceful heart that rests in You and a loving spirit that pours fourth Your love to others.
Lord, You are the God of comfort and rest in Whom I put my hope. Give me a heart that abides in You so that Your comfort may stream through me to others who need comfort and strength.
Lord, You are the God of hope and joy in Whom I stand secure. Give me a spirit of devotion that worships only You so that I may be a worthy witness that points to Jesus, for in Him is all peace and love and comfort and rest and hope and joy and love.
I place my trust in You, Lord.
Amen.

(Prayer: knowing-jesus.com)