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How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Now turn with me, if you would, to Psalm 130, what is for me a favorite Psalm. And that, of course, says a whole lot about me, I suppose, that one of my favorite Psalms begins “Out of the depths....”

As it happens, as I was driving down here this evening, John Rutter's Requiem was playing on the radio. And the second part of John Rutter's Requiem...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Please turn with me to Psalm 134, the Psalm we sang together.  It’s the last, the fifteenth, in this series of Psalms we’ve been considering known as the Ascent Psalms.  Now the words I’m about to read ought to be very familiar to this congregation because you hear them every week, and rebuke yourself if you don’t think that’s so because every Sunday evening Ligon begins the service...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing — life forever.”

And may God...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Turn with me if you would to Psalm 132 as we come now very shortly to the close of these fifteen Ascent Psalms, Psalm 132, bearing as it does the title “Prayer for the Lord's Blessing upon the Sanctuary. A Song of Ascents.”

“Remember, O Lord, on David's behalf, all his affliction; How he swore to the Lord, and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, “Surely...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Now turn with me to Psalm 131. I was just thinking about this great Psalm, as Ligon has just called it. It's a very short Psalm. Just glance down — it's only three verses. I wonder if you’re thinking ‘What in the world does this Psalm have to say?’ ‘Not much,’ I suppose, is what you’re thinking. But actually this beautiful, beautiful Psalm has a great deal to...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Turn with me then in your Bibles to Psalm 129. These are the Ascent Psalms; we’ve been looking at them, Psalms 120-134; fifteen Psalms perhaps sung by the pilgrims of the Old Testament as they made their way to one of the great festivals and feasts in Jerusalem.

“A Song of Ascents.

‘Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up,’

Let Israel...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Now turn with me, if you have your Bibles with you, to Psalm 128. We’ve been looking together, as you remember, at these “Ascent Psalms.” We’ve come now to the ninth in the series of fifteen of them, from Psalms 120-134.  Let’s hear together the word of God.

“How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,

Who walks in his ways.

When you shall...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

“A Song of Ascents, of Solomon.

Unless the Lord builds the house,

They labor in vain who build it;

Unless the watchman keeps awake in vain,

It is vain for you to rise up early,

To retire late,

To eat the bread of painful labors;

For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

“Behold, children are a...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Psalm 126 is part of a collection of psalms bearing the same title, A Song of Degrees, or, A Song of Ascents. And these are Psalms widely thought to have been collected together and used by the pilgrims of God, the children of God in the Old Testament, and especially at times of festival when they would have gathered together in Jerusalem for worship. Turn with...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Turn with me to Psalm 125. We have been looking at these Psalms, Psalms 120 through to 134, all of them bearing the title “A Song of Ascents” or “A Song of Degrees”, and we have conjectured (it is only a conjecture; we don’t have very much proof for it) that these Psalms were written, some of them, as distant as maybe 250 or even 300 years apart...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Turn with me to the Psalm 124. We’ve been looking together at these wonderful “Ascent Psalms,” fifteen Psalms (from 120-134), all of them bearing this title A Song of Degrees or A Song of Ascent.  We believe these Psalms were psalms sung by pilgrims as they made their way to Jerusalem for one of the great feasts. They made their way from various parts of Israel and...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Let’s turn now to Psalm 123. We’ve been looking together over these last two weeks at this collection of Psalms beginning with Psalm 120 and running through to Psalm 134: fifteen Psalms, all of them bearing the title “A Song of Ascents” or “A Song of Degrees.” And we suggested that the interpretation of this collection of Psalms is that they belong to a group of psalms that...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Now turn with me, if you would, to Psalm 122. We’ve been looking together at the so-called “Ascent Psalms”; that is, Psalms 120-134, all of them bearing this title “Song of Ascent”, or, if you’re familiar with your King James Version, “Song of Degrees.” And we think it means a collection of Psalms sung (and perhaps recited) by pilgrims making their way to one of the great festivals...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Turn with me, if you would, to Psalm 121. We began last Wednesday evening to study these fifteen Psalms, beginning at Psalm 120 through to 134, all of them having this title “A Song of Degrees” or “A Song of Ascent,” depending on which translation you’re using. And we ventured an opinion last week that these were probably Psalms sung and recited by pilgrims...believers making their way to...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Let me ask you to turn to Psalm 120. While you’re doing that, I do want to thank you as a congregation for your kindness and expressions of fellowship to me as I join the staff here. It’s a great privilege and honor to do so. And one of the responsibilities that I’ve been asked to undertake this fall is to preach at these prayer meetings. That was...

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