Do you believe in God or do you believe God? The answer you give determines the kind of obedience with which you will serve the Lord. Today as we continue our series on the Psalms of Ascent, we will take a look at Psalm 132 -- discovering how David and the Jewish pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem would have answered that question.
Music: "Lift Thine Eyes" by Felix Mendelssohn, with Barbara Christensen, Christiane Calmes, Carolyn McMaster, soloists, and Barbara Foote, Piano
We are beginning a new sermon series entitled “Ascend: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.” We will be looking at Psalms 120-134, which are known as the Songs of Ascents. Three times a year, the Hebrew people were commanded to go to Jerusalem to the great worship festivals, and these psalms were likely sung by pilgrims as they traveled. Topographically Jerusalem is the highest city in Palestine, and so all who traveled there spent much of their time ascending. Climbing uphill requires much more grit than going downhill, so these songs are fortifying, encouraging, always pointing us to our prize: God.