The Psalms, as you know, was a songbook that the Jews would sing. Today’s Psalms are songs that would be sung on the journey to Jerusalem to celebrate the festivals such as Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. This is the first of 15 Psalms called the Songs of Ascent or Songs of Steps. These Psalms have deep meaning as they were designed to prepare the pilgrims for what lies ahead.
Psalm 120 reminds us of God as our Source of Help.
I took my troubles to the Lord – I cried out to Him, and He answered my prayer. (v.1)
Where do you turn for help? Others? Your own know how? Or the Lord?
The psalmist continues in Psalm 121 – one of my favorite Psalms!
He begins the Psalm reminding us of where our help comes from – from the Lord – the Creator of heaven and earth. The writer then rehearses the ways in which God looks out for His own.
- He guides our steps (v.3a)
- He never sleeps or is uninterested (v.3b-4)
- He protects us from the harmful effects of the sun (v.5b-6a)
- He guards us at night (v.6b)
- He keeps us from harm (v.7a)
- He watches over our lives (v.7b)
- Now and forever… (v.8b)
Imagine walking up to Jerusalem – ascending while singing these songs as a reminder of God’s eternal care and protection. Some practical ways for us to do this is through the worship songs we play in our cars or in our homes. Another way is when we pray, spending time adoring God and rehearsing His great attributes as we remind ourselves of who He is.
- How does reading this bring you peace?
- How can you practically meditate on these principles?
- How did God use this in your life today?
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor