1. Psalm 122:4 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What was the decree that was given to Israel?

Psalm 122:4 (ESV)

4 to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD.

God’s people were expected to come to Jerusalem on the festival days (e.g., Exodus 23:14–17).1 These feasts emphasized God’s goodness in the exodus, the conquest, and his continual care throughout the history of Israel (Deuteronomy 16:15).2 The Lord commanded the people to come for worship at the annual feasts in Jerusalem at the central shrine (Deuteronomy 12:5–6), where his people would confess the Lord’s name, to give thanks for God’s provision.3