Within the Book of Psalms, certain collections or groupings of thematic psalms can be found. One of the most easily identifiable is the fifteen psalms known as the Song of Ascents, Psalms 120-134. As you can see in your Bible, each of these psalms has translated the title “A Song of Ascent” above it, as this title is actually the first verse of each psalm in the Hebrew manuscript. They were given this name because they were sung as the Jewish people journeyed up to Jerusalem during their three annual feasts. One could title this collection The Pilgrim’s Psalter.
That these psalms chronicle and encourage the Christian’s journey in this world was first brought to my attention by Pastor Paul Faris. Paul was a long-term minister in the RPCNA, grandfather of Gentle Reformation author James Faris, and one who served with me and mentored me in my early years of church planting. This faithful pilgrim finished his course in this world and is now enjoying the fullness of the lessons he taught me and others below.
Paul saw the Song of Ascents as capturing three stages of our spiritual journey. We first begin our walk with God by leaving evil behind (Beginning), make progress in […]