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#SheReadsTruth – Songs of Ascent

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.Psalm 125: 1-2

I am so very lucky to have found #SheReadsTruth – and done a few of the studies with the community there. While I am pretty shy and I rarely comment on the readings of the day, I’ve found that the readings are always spot on and exactly what I need at that particular moment. They’re generally written by a team of women, so they always seem so much more relevant to me and my circumstances. I know that one of the first studies I did in the Fall of 2012, is what led me to make such a large commitment to studying God’s Word in 2013. God placed #SheReadsTruth in my life for a purpose and I am ever so thankful.

Today was Day 1 of a new plan – Songs of Ascent. This is an area of the Bible I have never really studied in depth (Psalms 120-134), but after reading a brief description of this section of the Psalms, I can’t wait to learn more about each individually. In addition to studying the Songs of Ascent, the readings will look at passages from the New Testament in preparation for Easter (I can’t believe it’s so close).

So from what I’ve researched, the Songs of Ascent were sung as our people traveled to Jerusalem each year. Jerusalem was set high up on a hill, hence the phrase “going up to Jerusalem” and “Songs of Ascent“. After I discovered that fact, it was so much easier to picture myself as a pilgrim, traveling towards Jerusalem, and to understand the long journey that it was.

I can only imagine the feelings of those making the pilgrimage, as they rounded the corner and saw the mountains around Jerusalem in the distance (Psalm 121). And then the overwhelming feeling of finally stepping foot inside Jerusalem and raising eyes and hearts in prayer and praise to God for His mercy (Psalm 123). How amazing it would be!

At this point in my life, Psalm 125 really spoke to me. After the events of yesterday, to know that God surrounds me and protects me in times of fearful danger (just as He surrounds Jerusalem) is amazing. Is it so overwhelming (in a good way) to know that our God and His love are stronger and more enduring than mountains. He will protect me, with His mountains of love and power.

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people
both now and forevermore.
The scepter of the wicked will not remain
over the land allotted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
their hands to do evil.
Lord, do good to those who are good,
to those who are upright in heart.
But those who turn to crooked ways
the Lord will banish with the evildoers.
Peace be on Israel.
Psalm 125

And what really amazes me, is that “those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion”. Our trust in Him makes us just as strong and steadfast as the mountains, ever-enduring and ever-strong. With our trust placed, correctly, in the Lord, we can withstand the rain, withstand the thunder, the lighting and the wind. We cannot be shaken or moved. We endure forever, through Him, and with His mighty arms around us.

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