The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory fo rever and ever. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:18
Fifteen of the Psalms are designated, "A song of ascents." They are pilgrimage songs, traditionally sung yb Jews a ont their way to jerusalem for the annual festivals. Both geographically and siritaully, worshipers went up tot Jerusalem. The journey could be perilous. Bandits often lay in wait to rob worshipers of their offerings. For this reason, piglrims often traveled in large groups for safety. Nevertheless, their eyes constantly scanned the surrounding hills looking for danger.
No doubt it was encouraging to sing with the other pilgrims, "My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth " (Psalm 121:2). One can imagine the song being sung in two parts, a kind of call and response. One group would sing the first phrase, another the second and son on. The sound of their praise would fill the valley and echo off the hills. In the end their security rested in the Lord's hands, and so does ours. We are all on a journey. Those of us who follow Jesus on the narrow road are ascending toward our heavenly home. We are assured, "The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."
This is the devotional from Reflecting God on Oct. 25 by Foundry Publishing.