- Road trip song1
Faith solid as a mountain
- 1 People who trust the LORD
Are as solid as Mount Zion.2
Nothing will shake their confidence.
- 2 Hills surround and protect Jerusalem.
The LORD does that for his people.
- 3 Evil people can’t rule land reserved for good people.
If they did, good people might turn bad.
- 4 LORD, be good to good people.
Be kind to people who live honest lives.
- 5 Crooks who turn corruption into a lifestyle
Will find themselves in the company
Of everyone who hates justice.
The LORD will end them.
May Israel enjoy peace.3
The subtitle wasn’t part of the original psalm. Psalms 120-134 are called songs of ascent, possibly because Jewish pilgrims sang these songs while traveling up into the Judean hills to celebrate a Jewish holiday in Jerusalem.
“Mount Zion” is a term of endearment, and another name for Jerusalem. It’s a bit like “The Big Apple” for New York City, “The City of Love” for Paris, and “Sin City” for Las Vegas, though some wouldn’t call that a term of endearment.
The Hebrew word for “peace” is shalom. It means more than “absence of conflict.” Another way of expressing the “shalom of Israel” is to say, “may all be well with Israel.” Shalom means peace along with prosperity, comfort, good health, and honesty. It’s complete care being provided for the nation, with all needs being met. It’s a wish for the best in all good things.