The introduction to this Psalm is subtitled “A Song of Ascents”, also known asÂ Gradual Psalms, Songs of Degrees, Songs of Steps or Pilgrim Songs.Â There are 15 SongsÂ of Pilgrimage, Psalms 120 – 134.
Various scholars say these songs would have been sung as Jewish worshipers ascended the hill to the temple in Jerusalem, or as the Levites would climb the 15 steps of the temple to minister.
Today we can apply theÂ idea behind these songs for “in-gathering”, or directing the attention of the community to worship.Â The in-gathering song is a “call to worship”.
The Pathway from Praise to Presence
1. In the call to worship, we “ascend the hill of the Lord” (Psalm 24), by applying the work of Christ to give us clean hands and pure hearts.
2. We “enter his gates with thanksgiving” (Psalm 100) as we declare and speak the truth of who God is.
3. Then we remember our identity as sons and daughters of the King. We are “those who trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 125:1).
4. We believe by faith His great promises ” the Lord surrounds and protects His people now and forever.” (Psalm 125:2)
And thus begins the pathway from praise into His presence.
5. In His presence there is fullness of joy! (Psalm 16:11)
6. So, delight yourself in the Lord. (Psalm 37:4)
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