Many people use this phrase to describe the joy they feel when going to church. But the psalm is not about going to church. It's about God's temple: Jerusalem.
God has many temples:
A building made with hands
Human beings made by his spirit
The earthly holy City, Jerusalem, which is the greatest non-human temple.
And the spiritual Jerusalem, our future heavenly home which we will in inhabit in the future and which we also inhabit now in the heavenlies in a way we don't quite understand.
This psalm looks back on Jewish feast days in Jerusalem which God declares is Israel's holy city and it also looks ahead to the day when Israel will live securely.
God said that all the world would be blessed in Israel. Very true! 20% of nobel scientists are Jewish. A large proportion of inventors, artists, creatives, are Jewish. Even when a Jewish person rejects his God, the blessing that God gave Jews to have the ability to affect the world remains: hence Marx and others. No other people have blessed the world as much as the Jews have.
It's considered hip today to hate Israel and to ignore what bad Muslims have done to Israel. But let we Christians continue to pray for Jerusalem, the city of the Jews, no matter what Israel has done. Israel is still God's holy people, the people through whom our Messiah Jesus was born, the people who preserved God's words for us, the people through whom all the world is blessed.
1I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.
2Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.
3Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:
4Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD.
5For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.
6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
7Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
8For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.
9Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.
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