We have the privilege through the summer Sunday mornings to look at a cluster of 15 psalms known as the Psalms of Ascents - Psalm 120 - 134. They are sometimes called 'Songs for the Journey'. It is thought that they were most likely written to accompany the people of God as they did the pilgrimage up to Jerusalem to worship at the 3 great feasts of the calendar year. They are songs which speak of the real messiness of life in honest and frank language; they are songs which point to Yahweh as the only source of hope, peace and courage.
Psalm 120 is the first of these psalms. It is not a particularly happy song, but it is honest and real in its description of the place of distress in which the psalmist finds himself. Within the language of distress there are 2 hopeful responses we may identify and identify with: first is a response of prayer (I cried out to the LORD, and he answered me - verse 1); and second is a longing for peace, or shalom (I am for peace - verse 7). In our times of distress (perhaps even now!) may we too find a way to respond in honest prayer and an expression of longing for shalom!
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