I thought in these coming weeks we would look at some of the “Songs of Ascent” together. These are the Psalms (120-134) that were sung by the pilgrims as they journeyed up to Jerusalem three times a year for the major worship festivals.
These journeys carried with them various dangers. The risk of stumbling. Striking a stone, spraining your ankle.
The risk of sunstroke – a long arduous journey under a hot sun – you could become faint and exhausted.
The risk of becoming emotionally ill – fatigued and anxious – which the ancients referred to as having moonstroke.
Dangers. Weariness. Exhaustion. Anxiety and fear.
Along this journey of life.
Even and especially in these crazy times – we could all be susceptible to these. Worried about what is going on. Worried about our job. Worried about school. Anxious about our finances. Watching the news headlines. The daily briefings. Asking why is all this happening? What has happened to the world? Has God deserted me?
The pilgrims would walk and talk. And they would sing! Sing these songs of adoration. These anthems of praise. These declarations of God’s power and majesty!
They would turn their attention to God in the middle of the valleys.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121)
I walked into the kitchen the other evening and Jenny had worship music playing and was singing along. The contrast from the relentless barrage of bad news I had been listening to on the radio was stark. The songs she was listening to MAGNIFIED God, made him bigger. Focused attention on his greatness, his faithfulness, his strength, his grace. It was refreshing to listen to these words of faith and to lift my eyes to God – the Maker of heaven and earth…
Join us on Sunday as we share some teaching from Psalm 121 and we worship and pray together.
Turn off the radio or the TV for a while, switch off the tablet or the PC, and start singing in the rain, in the valley, in the midst of uncertainty and danger.
God remains faithful and true and he will lead us through this valley and out the other side. Here are a couple of songs to listen to and sing along with as you go. Lift up your eyes and remember where your help comes from!
The LORD! The Maker of heaven and earth!
Feel free to offer more songs in the comments below!
Bryan & Katie Torwalt – Remember
Lauren Daigle – Remember (Look up child)