Yahweh gives prosperity (Ps 128:5-128:6)

“Yahweh blesses you from Zion!

May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem

All the days of your life!

May you see your children’s children!

Peace be upon Israel!”

Prosperity comes in two ways, one is in the city of Jerusalem and the other is your family. Yahweh will bless you from Mount Zion. You will see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. Of course, we have the famous phrase, may you see your children’s children, and have grandchildren. This short psalm ends with the Shalom peace to all Israel. So we have Yahweh’s prosperity, peace in Israel, prosperity in Jerusalem, and a long life to see your grandchildren live.

Prayer for deliverance (Ps 125:1-125:5)

A song of ascents

“Those who trust in Yahweh

Are like Mount Zion.

It cannot be moved.

It abides forever.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

So Yahweh surrounds his people,

From this time on and forevermore.

The scepter of wickedness shall not rest

On the land allotted to the righteous.

Thus the righteous might not stretch out

Their hands to do wrong.

Do good!

Yahweh!

Do good

To those who are good!

Do good

To those who are upright in their hearts!

But those who turn aside

To their own crooked ways,

Yahweh will lead away with evildoers.

Peace be upon Israel!”

Psalm 125 is another of these short psalms or songs of pilgrimage on the way to ascending towards Jerusalem. They trusted in Yahweh, the way that they trusted in Mount Zion since it could not be moved and would last forever. Just as the mountains surrounded Jerusalem, so too Yahweh surrounds his people today and forevermore. Wickedness will not rest in the land of the righteous so that they will never do wrong. Yahweh was to do good to the good people. He was to be good to the righteous. However, those who follow the crooked ways would be led away with the evildoers. Peace or Shalom should be upon all Israel.

Peace in Jerusalem (Ps 122:6-122:9)

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

‘May they prosper who love you!

Peace be within your walls!

May security be within your towers!’

For the sake of my relatives and friends,

I will say.

‘Peace be within you!’

For the sake of the house of Yahweh,

Our God,

I will seek your good.”

This short psalm ends with a wish for shalom or peace in Jerusalem. They were to pray for peace there. Everyone who loved Jerusalem should prosper. Peace and security should be within the walls and towers of Jerusalem. The peace of shalom should be the greeting between relatives and friends, “peace be with you.” For the sake of the house of Yahweh, they all should seek to do good and thus have peace.