Today’s Tasting: Psalms 121, 123–125, 128–130: These are known as the Songs of Ascents, songs of worship the children of Israel sang as they traveled to Jerusalem to fulfill the laws and customs of the time. Psalm 121 tells how the Lord guards you, day and night. Psalm 123 is a plea for the Lord’s mercy. Psalm 124 tells how the people would have been destroyed during the time of the Exodus if the Lord had not been on their side.
“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,
When men rose up against us,
Then they would have swallowed us alive…” (124:2–3).
Psalm 125 is about how the Lord surrounds and protects his people forever. Psalm 128 describes the blessing and happiness of those who respect the Lord. Psalms 129 and 130 are songs of victory and hope in the Lord.
Today’s Nourishment: The Psalms in today’s tasting are about God protecting and watching over his people. Even when the Israelites were in exile from their promised land, they still felt that God was there, protecting them.
Do you feel like God is always protecting you? It can be one thing to read the words, and another to really experience God’s presence, watching over you and protecting you; to be more aware of His presence at times when you’re troubled and need the reassurance that you have someone on your side. I recently read of someone who kept a journal for three months, of three things he was grateful for every day. At first the writer listed more obvious things, like friends and family. Over time, however, he came to see, in simple acts like a compliment at a low point in the day that made him feel better, that he was always being cared for. Maybe doing something similar would help you to realize God is always there, helping you in small ways you may otherwise overlook.
Tomorrow’s Delight: 2 Samuel 1–4