Mo 6/26Tu 6/27We 6/28Th 6/29Fr 6/30Sa 7/1Su 7/2
Deut. 31
Ps. 119:97–120
Deut. 32
Ps. 119:121–144
Deut. 33–34
Ps. 119:145–176
Josh. 1
Pss. 120–122
Josh. 2
Pss. 123–125
Josh. 3
Pss. 126–128
Josh. 4
Pss. 129–131

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Psalms 120–134, most of which we will read this week, are all Songs of Ascent. We don’t truly know why they are grouped together or what they were for. Some think they were to be sung while God’s people were traveling up to Jerusalem for one of the three annual religious gatherings that happened in that city on the mountain. Others think they were meant to be sung while ascending the steps of the temple. Others have proposed other ideas. We don’t really know.

What we do know about these Psalms is that they are all short and sweet. The first of these Psalms speaks of the sorrow of being outside the promised land among those who don’t believe, who do not have peace. But in the next Psalm, we read the promise that God will rescue His people. As we proceed we read often of desire for and delight in the mountain of the Lord, the city of the Lord, the house of the Lord, and peace, constantly reminding us to look to the Lord and hope in Him.

These are great Psalms for memorizing! While you’re reading them, see if one stands out that you’d like to have always in mind. Then make it happen.

VERSES TO MEDITATE ON

Those who trust in the LORD

Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

So the LORD surrounds His people

From this time forth and forever.

—Psalm 125:1–2

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens! (Ps. 123:1)
  • Confession – Too long has my soul had its dwelling With those who hate peace. (Ps. 120:6)
  • Thanksgiving – “When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”” (Ps. 126:1–2)
  • Supplication – “Be gracious to us, O LORD, be gracious to us, For we are greatly filled with contempt.” (Ps. 123:3)

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This post by Joseph Bayly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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