Weekly Bible Study - Songs of Ascent
Songs of Ascent is a cluster of 15 Psalms from Psalm 120-134. It is a generally accepted view that the Hebrew term maʿalot (goings up) is a reference to pilgrims going up to Jerusalem to the temple for the three annually required festivals. “That is where the tribes go up— the tribes of the LORD— to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel.” (Psalms 122:4). Jerusalem was surrounded by mountains so the pilgrims engaged in a lot of uphill walking. These Psalms were sung as the people made their pilgrimage to Jerusalem to worship. These songs were valuable then and still hold great value in the lives of followers of Jesus today. In this series, we will try and unpack takeaway truths that will impact our daily lives. These Psalms contain glimpses of grim reality of oppression and misery, passages showcasing God’s deliverance and mighty hand, verses of praise and worship acknowledging the goodness and mercy of God. Through their journeying, the people are discovered reminiscing, singing and worshipping. We’ve too been through difficult times. We’ve been saved from the power and guilt of sin. We’ve experienced the goodness of God, His protection and His guidance. Are we singing with joy? Are we shouting out His praises as we journey following Him?