Psalm 122:5-9 “For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good”.
There are plenty of requirements in the bible, and many guidance on living effectively for Christ, but this small request comes not in the form of “you have to”, but is a slight clue as to a key of unlocking favor with God.
God is honorable and in our daily interactions He expects us to be as He is and when we are, things we aren’t even thinking of getting drops into our laps. The psalmist does not deviate from his persona of being an honorable individual; we can see even when his life was threatened by King Saul and he had the opportunity to kill him (1 Samuel 23:15. 3), his reaction was, “I dare not, for he is God’s anointed”.
He goes up another notch in credibility when his son Absalom tried to take the kingdom from him (2 Samuel 16); rather than fight for what belonged to him he fled the presence of war zone in deep humility, but soreness of spirit. David gave up his right for peace.
If we look at David’s life we see a pattern of honor and irrational behavior in the eyes of the ordinary human; for many of us would think, “why did he do that? I would have dealt with it differently”; but the thing is, we aren’t all honorable and we have to thank God for Jesus for if we had lived in the time of immediate judgment as in the OT, many of us would have died and be waiting for final judgment for our challenged ways against our fellow-men. Note that I included myself in the equation.
Why am I talking about David? The subtle clue as to favor in the Psalm is praying for Jerusalem; consistently praying for them; in the good times, the bad times the indifferent times, pray for Jerusalem and it is a key to getting divine favor from God. Many of us don’t understand the multiplication system God has in place, but if you look into the Word of God and ask for His Spirit to open your eyes you would be able to step into that zone of intense favor such as David did with his weird behaviors and mannerism which caused God to look at him and say “He’s a man after my own heart”. Wow.
Let it be known that God thinks I am a person after His own heart in my life if that is the only kudos I get in this life; what about you?
Trivia: Which three individuals did God approach and say, “let me talk to y’all for a minute, meet me outside”?