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Focus Verses: Psalm 125:1-3
Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken
but endures forever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD
surrounds his people both now and forevermore. 3
The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to
the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.
fifteen psalms called the "Psalms of Ascent" (Psalms 120 - 134) were
to be sung when the children of Israel traveled to the Temple in
Jerusalem (Mount Zion) three times a year to worship and celebrate the
feast days prescribed in the Law of Moses. Christians have long
considered these ancient pilgrimages to be a useful metaphor of their
own spiritual journey and maturity (ascent) as followers of Christ.
the people climbed the road to Jerusalem, and saw how it was
surrounded by rugged and unshakable mountains, they sang praise to
their God who surrounded them with his unshakable love and provision.
They rejoiced in God's steadfast care, and put their hope in his
Response and Action:
my journey to know and follow Jesus has been an uphill climb, I am
trusting in God's enduring love. I believe he will keep his promises to
those who worship him and seek his righteousness. I am surrounded by
the unshakable love and care of my God who never sleeps or slumbers
(Ps. 121). He watches over my life—my coming and my going—now and
forever. I will celebrate and worship him today. I will live in hope,
believing his promises to be faithful and true.
God, I lift up my eyes to you, to you whose throne is in heaven. As
the eyes of a child look to his mother, as the eyes of a captive look
to his deliverer, as the eyes of the hungry look to their provider, and
the eyes of a sinner look to the one who forgives, as the eyes of the
broken look to the one who restores, as the eyes of the sick look to
the one who heals, so my eyes look to Jesus Christ, my Lord and
merciful Savior who lives and reigns with you, and the Holy Spirit, one
God now and forever. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Hebrews 12:1-3
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily
entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame,
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
by Eugene Peterson
A wonderful book of meditations based on the Psalms of Ascent.