Tuesday, July 5, 2016

God's Favorite Spot

Sam and I were sitting on the pond levee, throwing old bread to the fish. "Of all the places on the earth, I think this is my favorite spot," Sam told me. 

My favorite place is the old red, wooden thinking chair on the far side. No one can find me there. It's remote and quiet. I can think and pray and, as Sam always says, "solve the problems of the world there."

It was a surprise to find that God, who created the earth and all that is within it, has a favorite place on earth, too. Psalm 87:2 tells us, "The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwelling places of Jacob." 

Of all the places where His children have dwelt, which is everywhere, God loves Jerusalem the most. 

I can see why. It's a beautiful, crowded, alive city with such diversity that it's almost overwhelming.

David wrote about Jerusalem in Psalm 122 and those words are worth remembering.

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem;
May they prosper who love you.
May peace be within your walls,
And prosperity within your palaces."
Psalm 122:6-7 nasb

Today, let's do what David recommended. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray that God's will would be done in the place that is most precious to Him, and that His glory will be revealed.

Since it's God's favorite spot, I thought I'd share a bit of it with you today. The photo above is of the walls surrounding the old city, taken from the Mount of Olives. The photos below were taken in the Old City, in the Jewish Quarter. As you can see, there are old and young, Orthodox and reform. Jew and Palestinian, as well as all the other nations and peoples. 

As you scroll through the photos, pray for the people, the government, and the peace of Jerusalem. Pray that those enemies of Jerusalem would be prevented from harming the place God loves. Pray, too, that you will love what God loves, including the city He loves most.
In case you missed it, here's the link to yesterday's post: How to Preserve the Freedom We Enjoy

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