Peace be upon Israel! PSALM 128:6
This Psalm is a psalm of ascending steps or degrees. The above verse is the last line in the psalm. We could say it is the pinnacle of the psalm.
Psalm 128 is all about blessed men and families living in blessed communities. It progresses from blessed individuals and sees the blessing permeating through families. Verse 5 says: “The LORD shall bless you from Zion,and may you see the welfare of Jerusalem all the days of your life.”
Zion is literally the royal fortress but also symbolically in this age it is the community of God’s people – the ekklesia. It speaks about us seeing the welfare of Jerusalem – or the city you live in.
God’s people blessed abundantly and bringing that supernatural blessing to the wider community. This is the picture and this is what Bless Your City and ElevenEleven is all about. You getting your socks blessed off and going to dump it on your neighbours, your workmates, your social circle.
“Peace be upon this nation!” is something we should all be declaring, no matter where we live. Some folks get a little bent out of shape because they see this as a blessing and believe that their nation is “ripe for judgement.” This Sons of Thunder mentality is quite prevalent. It is remarkable that many who have this lightning-bolt approach to corporate numbers of humanity are often the ones who extend extravagant mercy to the individual sinner.
But declaring peace is not just a blessing – it is far more than that and is arguably the most powerful thing you can proclaim as a saint of God. Here’s why:-
For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given,
and the government shall be upon his shoulder.
And his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace
there shall be no end,
upon the throne of David
and over his kingdom,
to order it and to establish it
with justice and with righteousness,
from now until forever.
The zeal of the Lord of Hosts
will perform this. ISAIAH 9:6,7 MEV
Notice that this passage – which is about the Lord Jesus – links His governmental authority with peace when it says: “Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end.”
When you speak peace upon a town, city or nation, you are not just speaking about an absence of conflict – you are enforcing the Lordship of Christ in that territory.
Peace is a wonderful blessing to invoke upon your community but it is not a weak, soft thing! It is the manifestation of the Kingdom of God in your environment. It is the invasion of Christ’s Lordship in a territory.
Declaring peace is the atomic bomb of spiritual warfare. Forces of darkness and wickedness are dismantled and swept away when you speak peace upon a place. In this day and age we have to contend with a prevalent spirit of lawlessness. Kingdom authority and peace are the antidotes to this poison. Justice and righteousness are released when peace is spoken with the authority that saints possess.
It is a worldly and deluded idea that peace is a kind of wimpy thing, certainly where the peace of God is concerned. His peace is backed up by angelic authority and Jesus is the Prince of Peace. This peace is enforced from the Throne of God and the Throne of David.
When mankind comes under the absolute Lordship of Christ, peace will flood every inch of this planet’s surface.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. Creation groans with longing for the peace-enforcing sons of YHWH to be revealed.