The Songs of Ascents is the title given to 15 sequential Psalms in the Bible by the Septuagint and the Vulgate.
1 I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
2 Our feet are standing
in your gates, Jerusalem.
3 Jerusalem is built like a city
that is closely compacted together.
4 That is where the tribes go up—
the tribes of the Lord—
to praise the name of the Lord
according to the statute given to Israel.
5 There stand the thrones for judgment,
the thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
7 May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
8 For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your prosperity.
Jerusalem means “city of peace.” This song was sung by those who journeyed to Jerusalem and made it safely. What security they must have felt when they arrived. That’s how I feel when I’ve been stuck in rush hour for a long time, and safely make it home. I’m grateful that God helped me arrive.