This 6-week study of the Psalms of Ascent came to an end for us this past Monday. I don’t know about you, but I always want my Beth Moore studies to go on a lot longer!
This week we finished up Psalm 132, where we are reminded that God answers us when we call on Him. Does anyone need that reminder today? The LORD has made a promise that is non-negotiable, and this promise was His Son. We are heirs of this promise if we follow the word of God — we too will be kings and priests! (Revelation 1:5-6) God has made a covenant with His people and He sticks to His promises. Our part of the covenant is to walk in God’s world on God’s terms, receiving salvation in Christ and then putting His word into practice in carrying out our daily lives. The LORD has chosen us, He desires us, He is pursuing us.
The three short verses of Psalm 133 speak volumes about the blessed unity of man. The unity of brother with brother is compared with the first blessing of Aaron as a priest of God, when the oil poured on Aaron’s head symbolized the uniting of all of Israel with the LORD. The second metaphor speaks of two of the tallest mountains in Israel, one in the north and one in the south, and the symbolic unity of these two portions of the country when pilgrims from the diaspora would unite together in Jerusalem for the three great feasts. The LORD desires unity for His people — the blessing of life forevermore through His Son.
The final Psalm of Ascent, Psalm 134, concludes this group of psalms very appropriately with words full of praise for the LORD. In three verses, the Hebrew word “YHWH” (or Yahweh, translated as LORD in all capitals in the English Bible) is repeated five times. As the great feasts ended in Jerusalem, and the people of Israel gathered up their families for the long journey back home, they left the great city with these words on their lips: “Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who stand by night in the house of the LORD! Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD! May the LORD bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth!” (ESV)
I hope that you have enjoyed taking this journey with us. May you continue to have a passionate and ever-growing desire for God’s word and learning how to walk in God’s world on God’s terms.
Study Guide answers (pages 172 and 173 of your study book):
- survey; road
- Let go; loads; loosen
- next step
- destination; worth the trip