Today we have what are called the “psalms of ascent”. In other words, the “journey psalms”. We’re on a journey ourselves! Let’s read Psalm 120, 121, 123, 125, and 126.
“I look up to the mountains;
does my strength come from mountains?
No, my strength comes from God,
who made heaven, and earth, and mountains” (121:1-2 MSG)
I love the pilgrimage psalms! So much of our returned faithfulness to God depends on a process. What do I mean by “returned faithfulness”? Well, because His faithfulness to us came first, we should be inspired to be faithful in return from His example, right?
“He won’t let you stumble,
your Guardian God won’t fall asleep.
Not on your life! Israel’s
Guardian will never doze or sleep” (121:3-4 MSG)
So much depends on a daily commitment to walk with Him and toward Him – committing our hearts to this pilgrimage on hard days and victorious days alike.
“God’s your Guardian, right at your side to protect you—
Shielding you from sunstroke, sheltering you from moonstroke.
God guards you from every evil, He guards your very life.
He guards you when you leave and when you return,
He guards you now, He guards you always” (121:5-8 MSG)
He guards you now, He guards you always. And with a grateful heart, we say amen.