These are songs sung as a pilgrim climbed up the road to Jerusalem. Psalm 121 has long been loved as a parting song or poem when family and friends leave for distant parts – The Travellers Psalm. Psalm 122 reminds us that prayer follows worship, as hand follows heart. The answer to prayerlessness lies in worship!
Stuart Snr points out that these “Ascents” psalms were sung by pilgrims climbing the road to Jerusalem.
As they walked upwards to the city of the Lord, they brought these prayers before Him.
And how much is this a mirror for us! For every day!
Because we, pilgrims in this life, sojourners in this place, are walking on a narrow road toward the gates of glory, towards the promise of God’s city, the New Jerusalem, a new heavens and new earth, where He will dwell with us, Him our God, we His people.
These prayers are for us today! Every day!
Bring to the Lord our troubles with people around us, particularly here those who bring us violence and harm, ridicule and derision.
Bring to the Lord our words of hope in Him, keep talking to Him of the hope He gives, the promises He makes (He is not weakened by doing this!).
Bring to the Lord our prayers for His kingdom, for His people. Long to see His kingdom come!
Bring to the Lord our petitions and requests, for His mercy and grace.
Praise God for His word!