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Thursday, December 5, 2013

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The next 15 Psalms (120-134) are knows as the “Psalms of Ascent” or the songs for “going up.”  They were the songs commonly sung by those Israelites on their return journey back to Jerusalem three times a year for the required feasts (see Deuteronomy 16:16).  Imagine traveling through the hillsides surrounding Jerusalem as you make your way with other weary travelers, united in song and looking forward to laying your eyes on the Temple, God’s dwelling place. These songs were also sung by the priests as they entered into the Temple area for their time of service.

The Temple complex was preceded by 15 steps, and as the weary traveler or servant priest approached the Temple and made their ascent to Temple, they would pause and sing one song per step, beginning with Psalm 120 on the first step and ending with Psalm 134 on the top step.

We too are on a pilgrim journey to our eternal home of promise, and as we journey, what better way to start than to recognize our need of Him and remind ourselves that this world is not our home (like the Psalmists recognizes in 120 v. 5).

Our weary journey is eased by the traveling partners that God has put in our lives.  Is there one who God has placed to travel with you? Anyone who figuratively will sing you songs of encouragement? Praise the Lord for his mercy and the traveling partners He provides for your journey.  Amen.

 

Cindy Nash
Wife, Mother, Nurse
Collegedale, Tennessee