Songs for the Road: The Psalms of Ascent

Day 19: Eternal Blessedness

Scripture Reading: Psalm 134

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 134 (CSB)
CALL TO EVENING WORSHIP
A song of ascents.

1 Now bless the LORD,
all you servants of the LORD
who stand in the LORD’s house at night!
2 Lift up your hands in the holy place
and bless the LORD!

3 May the LORD,
Maker of heaven and earth,
bless you from Zion.

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A Song of Invitation to Bless the Lord
The pilgrim-disciple invites the other pilgrim-disciples—people whose lives are a journey, but not without a guide—to bless the Lord, lifting holy hands in praise together.

This song is an invitation to bless God—to worship with one voice. We have come from all kinds of places, through all sorts of experiences, trials, joys, and sufferings, but we’re here now. Hear the invitation. Worship the Lord.

Reflect
1. How do you most often respond to invitations? Do you typically say yes or no when you’re invited to something unfamiliar? Why?

2. Where in your life are you looking at God’s instruction, like this invitation to worship, and wondering if it is really what you need? What fatherly commands has He given you that you turn away either because you don’t like them or don’t understand them?

3. What would it look like for you to say yes to the invitation offered in Psalm 134? Where and when should a person respond to this call to worship?