27 Jan 2019
Dear church family
Psalms 120 to 134 are a special group of psalms known collectively as the “Songs of Ascents”. Ancient Jews traveling to Jerusalem for the annual major Jewish festivals traditionally sang these songs as they ascended the uphill road towards the city. These ancient songs have been expressed in many hymns and songs of worship amongst Jews and Christians today. The songs teach us about our trust in God and our worship of God.
In Psalm 125, the psalmist expressed his trust in the Lord. He was assured of God’s sovereign protection from the wicked and felt the shalom and love of God surrounding Israel, the covenant people of God. “Those who trust in the Lord are like 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 forevermore.” (Psa 125:1-2)
Sometimes in our life, we go through uphill struggles, difficult situations and painful times. May we grow in trusting God deeper in the midst of our pain and difficulties and learn to be steadfast and patient. May we look to the Lord and experience the grace and power of God and learn to rest in the sovereignty of our heavenly Father who surrounds His beloved children with His love, joy and peace.
Shalom in Christ