In the olden times the Jews would sing certain songs as they approached the temple to worship. The temple was on a hill. So these particular songs were called “psalms of ascent” because people would sing them as they ascended. Paul encouraged the early Christians to worship in this way, "Be filled with the Spirit: speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music from your heart to the Lord." (Ephesians 5:18-19)
Here is a song of ascent that may help you prepare for worship today…
“I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber.
Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep.
The Lord protects you; the Lord is a shelter right by your side.
The sun will not strike you by day or the moon by night.
The Lord will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life.
The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever.” (Psalm 121)
Have you ever been stranded on the side of the interstate and anxiously looking up the road for your husband, or parents, or AAA? The writer looks to the mountains, because that’s where the strength of God is realized. The temple was on a mountain.
All help comes from God. He made everything in nature that exists. He is God over all. If He can create the universe out of nothing, He can fix whatever happens in that universe.
God is journeying with you as you walk. He has already been down the road. He made the road. In fact, Jesus referred to Himself as the Way. Not only does God never sleep, He is never tired. Though we are weary at times, God is always alert, and is in protective mode 24 hours a day, 365.25 days a year.
We are not alone in this journey, which is often a battle. The Lord shields you from harm. In the day this was written, some shields that soldiers would carry were large enough that you could actually get down behind it and it would protect you. God isn’t just a partial shield. He is a shelter at any moment. You do not need to fear anything in nature, at any time. Nothing in the day will hurt you. Nothing at the night can hurt you.
God knows of every possible type of danger you may face. Whether it is a huge battle, or a sneaky ambush, He will protect you from all harm. You life is safe in Him. Wherever He leads you, He will protect you… every day that you follow Him… and into eternity.
Worship Him today with this in mind. God is 100% capable of protecting you 100% of the time, in 100% of your circumstances, against 100% of your enemies. So look to Him for help with 100% of your heart, mind, soul, and strength.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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