Songs for the Road: The Psalms of Ascent

Day 8: The Christian Is Secure in God’s Care

Scripture Reading: Psalm 125

The Christian life is a climb—a journey of constant growth, sacrifice, and trusting God for what we cannot see. As Eugene Peterson said, we are pilgrims, but we are also disciples—always moving and always learning. The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) were sung by worshipers as they made the journey up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. In this 3-week reading plan, we are digging into these traveling songs with the help of short summary essays and thoughtful, reflective questions for each psalm. Take your pack on your shoulder and walk with us as we pursue God together.

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Psalm 125 (CSB)
ISRAEL’S STABILITY
A song of ascents.

1 Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion.
It cannot be shaken; it remains forever.
2 The mountains surround Jerusalem
and the LORD surrounds his people,
both now and forever.
3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain
over the land allotted to the righteous,
so that the righteous will not apply their hands to injustice.
4 Do what is good, LORD, to the good,
to those whose hearts are upright.
5 But as for those who turn aside to crooked ways,
the LORD will banish them with the evildoers.

Peace be with Israel.

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A Song of Belonging
The pilgrim-disciple sings of our security in God’s care. The Lord holds His scepter, and no one can wrest it from His hand.

This is a humble song because it acknowledges the truth that our hope is secure—not because we are strong, but because God is. But in this song, we also confess that we need God’s intervention to keep us and hold us. We are likely to take up the scepter of wickedness and govern our own lives in evil, self-serving ways if He doesn’t stay our hand.

Reflect
1. Do you worry about ruining your life by making a wrong decision or committing a particular transgression? How fragile or stable do you think your own life is? Why?

2. What does it mean for God to be our King? How does His rule govern the world we live in? How does He govern us as individuals?

3. In what ways do you need God to intervene in your life and govern you? In what ways has He already done this for you?