Introduction to the Psalms of Degrees

Introduction to the Psalms of Degrees

Good morning brethren
This morning I was drawn to the book of Psalms for my devotion and came to one of the Psalms of degrees, 121 in particular. But as I was about to go about to make my comments on the context of which is without doubt an encouragement for the righteous to always be aware of the Lords "Present Help in the Time All our Troubles", and with the thought that he is only a "Prayer Away" (Philippians 4:6-7) for all who need some peace of heart or minds. I became aware of the fact that this Psalm is the second of a series of Psalms known as "The Psalms of Degrees". There are fifteen of these from Psalm 120-134, and according to the historical accounts coincide with the fifteen steps of assent to the temple, that the worshipers walked up to enter into the house of God, it being located on the temple Mount. The steps had singers who sang these psalms of degrees as the pilgrims ascended to the house of God to worship on the feast days and other special occasions. They are called psalms of "degrees", because the term refers to the continual "Assent" of the saints as they climbed higher each" step "along their journey to God's house. The spiritual significance is obvious when we see the context of each of these short, but spiritually instructive, and " Lifting " songs. They start with “ Tears" of distress (120:1), and end in the "Blessing" of God and his saints (134:1-3). Starting Thursday, our devotions are going to be ascending these 15 steps, to "hear" the "Psalms of Degrees" sung by the pilgrims of the past who experienced all of the "trials of the faith" and "temptations, common to all", and yet in, and through it all, "entered through the gates" Singing. I'm looking forward to seeing you on the First step Thursday morning.
Lord bless you children

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