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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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Our Help Is in the Name of the LORD | Psalm 124

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side— let Israel now say— if it had not been the Lord who was on our side when people rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us; then the flood would have swept …

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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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I Lift Up My Eyes to the Hills | Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.  The Lord is your keeper; …

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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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