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How to Pray the Songs of Ascents

Having concluded the Songs of Ascents, I will provide one final thought regarding them as a collection and how I have benefitted from praying through them as such. I have included a diagram to help visualize the connectivity of these fifteen psalms. As I have stated, the Songs of Ascents were psalms that were sung …

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Come, Bless the LORD | Psalm 134

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! Psalm 134 ESV   The fact that this final psalm …

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O LORD, My Heart Is Not Lifted Up | Psalm 131

O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.  O Israel, …

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Out of the Depths I Cry to You, O LORD | Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the …

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The LORD Surrounds His People | Psalm 125

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their …

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Psalm 121

Lift up mine eyes... How? They are so easily drawn     to the things near by. Created shapes and forms     scream and cry     for my attention,     for my affection. Zion is too distant     to be real, so I wrestle desperately     to maintain zeal   …

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Psalm 120

Oh Lord, deliver me from mouths that promise salvation. They offer balm for comforting, but in their heart lies deception. Exiled, I am stranded here a castaway, lost at sea. From Meshech far to Kedar near, my soul yearns for Your reprieve. Peaceable I ever am; their longing is only war. Rescue with Your mighty …

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Deliver Me, O LORD | Psalm 120

In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.  What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, you deceitful tongue? A warrior's sharp arrows, with glowing coals of the broom tree! Woe to me, that …

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Of the Psalms & Songs of Ascents: understanding the songs & prayers of God’s people

The Songs of Ascents are a collection of psalms within the overall Psalter. In order, therefore, to understand these fifteen psalms, we must first come to a basic knowledge of the Psalms as a whole. The book of Psalms is a collection of poems within the Bible. Although the book’s arrangement may appear quite random …

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A Dialogue

God: I gave you my very Word. Why did you not meditate on it day and night (Psalm 1:2)? Man: I definitely would have, but you see, I was far too busy. God: Yet you most days watched multiple hours of television. You gave 9 years of your life to it. Man: Perhaps, but that …

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