Psalm 121 is one of the “Pilgrim Psalms” or “Songs of Ascent.” Each year God’s people were required to attend the annual festivals in Jerusalem. Fulfilling this law called for a commitment to a long and strenuous journey—an uphill climb every step of the way up to the mountaintop where the temple, the seat of worship, was located.
These devoted worshippers trekked through desert lands where bandits often robbed the pilgrims along the way. Families banded together and traveled in caravans to provide safety for all family members, from babes to the aged. And they sang these songs as they ascended the terrain to the temple!
Many of our days are uphill climbs. Our climbs at home and at work often involve stress, weariness, and the challenge of managing heavy burdens and workloads. It’s hard some days to find any joy as we labor on. Yet these pilgrims sang!
They sang songs like Psalm 121 to praise God as they pushed themselves and their gear uphill. On their way to worship God, they worshipped Him with songs of praise. As they struggled onward and upward, through music they …
- rehearsed God’s promises.
- recounted His character.
- recalled His faithfulness.
As you step into your day and step up to take on your responsibilities, with every step you take, lift up your eyes to the Lord. Lift up your songs of praise when you are worn out and weary. Lift up your heartfelt worship as you labor. Your help comes from the Lord.
Lord, I lay before You my worries, my sorrows, my disappointments, and my failures. I am looking to You for a portion of Your strength for today—and for joy in my work. As I rise to take on the tasks ahead of me, I give thanks as I remember that “My help comes from the Lord.” Amen.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber… neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:1-4)
Do I daily spend time in prayer and God’s Word?
“God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.” (Andrew Murray)