MANNA FOR TODAY / D.T. Paredes
Taking the high road: Psalm 121
Rev. D.T. Paredes
Psalm 121 is part of a series of 15 songs used for worship. These songs documented from Psalm 120 to 134, were songs by the Hebrew Pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem or possibly while ascending Mount Zion or traversing up the steps of the Temple. They are known as Gradual Psalms, Pilgrim Psalms, or Psalms of Ascent.
The Worshippers sung these songs on their way, on their journey, taking the High Road to Worship. In these eight short and powerful verses we see three clear points The Worshippers made: An Announcement, an Acknowledgment, and an Affirmation.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” – Psalms 121: 1-2 (KJV).
If you can imagine the choir or worshippers divided into two sections with the first section singing verse one and the second section singing verse two; you can see the powerful declarations made here.
First: I have made a decision which way to focus, in which direction to look. I choose to set my attention on “the Hills.” The “Hills, which represent the presence of God, the God of Mount Zion, the temple where God’s Spirit dwells. Then the rhetorical question is asked; “where does or where (else) does my help come from?”
Second: The answer; “My help comes from the God of Mount Zion”; the same God that made Mount Zion; the God who made Heaven and Earth.”
I am going up to worship the Creator and Caregiver of creation, who is also my personal unyielding, unwavering, unrelenting, unending help! He is my help and keeper!
Six times in eight verses, God and His power to keep or preserve His people is stated. I am taking the road to my help; I am “Taking the High Road” to worship! Won’t you join me?
Rev. D.T. Paredes is senior pastor of Faith Community Foursquare Church in Los Angeles. The church address is located at 5519 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90011. Reach Rev. Paredes at firstname.lastname@example.org
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