Songs for the Road: The Psalms of Ascent

Day 16: The Quiet Confidence of Faith

Scripture Reading: Psalm 131

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 131 (CSB)
A CHILDLIKE SPIRIT
A song of ascents. Of David.

1 LORD, my heart is not proud;
my eyes are not haughty.
I do not get involved with things
too great or too wondrous for me.
2 Instead, I have calmed and quieted my soul
like a weaned child with its mother;
my soul is like a weaned child.

3 Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
both now and forever.

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A Song About the Gift of Limits
The pilgrim-disciple acknowledges that while he is a person with limits, he also has a place among God’s people.

We do not have to justify our worth or earn our place before God. When we grasp this, we begin to trust that growing comfortable with our sense of place is part of God’s good gift to us. This frees us to not only be at peace with our limitations, but to actually extol their virtues.

Reflect
1.In your experience, what does the world say must be true about you for you to have worth?

2. Why do you think God gives us limits? What are some of yours?

3. What are some of the values of having limitations? How do your limits help you?