The Songs of Ascent:

Worship on the Journey

The Psalms of Ascent (Ps 120-134) offer us help on the journey of our lives as we walk with God through the good times and bad. These psalms help us approach God in worship via avenues of lament, thanksgiving, praise, and celebration. They lead us into worship on the journey: bringing who we are (transparency) to who God is (confidence) together with God’s people (community). 

The Journey and God's Peace

Psalm 120

Abraham Cremeens

May 27, 2018

 

In Psalm 120 we are invited to be fully transparent in expressing our grief in the midst of distress. And yet there is a sure confidence in God as our Deliverer. He cares deeply for us and gives us peace in a broken world.

 

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The Journey and God's Protection

Psalm 121

Abraham Cremeens

June 3, 2018

 

Psalm 121 points us to God as Keeper.  It is in fact the central theme of the psalm, repeated six times and coming to a head with “The LORD is your keeper” in verse 5.  As our keeper God guards us, he shelters us, and he protects us from all evil.


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The Journey and Corporate Worship

Psalm 122

Abraham Cremeens

June 10, 2018

 

Psalm 122 points us to the joy of corporate worship, the gathering of God’s people. The psalmist has finally arrived at his destination to worship with all of God’s people. He is excited and for good reason. As he worships in Jerusalem he is reminded of the benefits of unity, obedience, and righteousness as God’s people do life God’s way. His response is fitting. He reacts to it all by praying for the welfare of God’s people so that these great things can continue.


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The Journey and God's Mercy

Psalm 123

Stephen Weinkauf

June 17, 2018

 

Psalm 123 offers us a great example who how we are to position ourselves in service to God as we see His mercy. The world may see service (submission) as an act of great oppression, but we can know that our God does and will show us mercy! In service to God, we are then to seek to extend the mercy of God to those in the world who desperately need it.

 

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Retrospect and the Journey

Psalm 124

Paul Briggs

June 24, 2018

 

Reflecting on the past in light of the truth is a helpful exercise for spiritual growth in which God’s people do well to engage. Psalm 124 is a Psalm commonly attributed to David. It teaches the people of God the value and wisdom of pausing for the purpose of review, reflection and response to the perils of life. This leads to a growing understanding of the mercy and faithfulness of God by seeing more clearly his care and protection.

 

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