We are almost at journey’s end, studious friend! Have you chosen your top twenty favorite Psalms yet? Top ten? Top five?
Next week we will complete the last few Psalms and launch into 1 Kings. Saul had no heart (1 Samuel), David had a whole heart (2 Samuel), and Solomon half a heart (1 Kings). These are the Kings of the united Kingdom.
Psalm 127 is what I call the family heart song. It is one of the songs of ascents (120-134), which were sung in Jerusalem as worshippers headed for the Temple mount. Thousands would come from all over the world on pilgrimage to visit the city of the great King. David and Solomon’s kingdoms will pale in comparison to when the King of earth comes to reign in Jerusalem. Selah! Here are two more ascents songs (nice, brief, and singable).
A Song of Ascents, of David.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard,
Even Aaron’s beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes.
It is like the dew of Mount Hermon in the north,
Coming down upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the LORD commanded the blessing – life forever.”
A Song of Ascents
“Behold, bless the LORD, all servants of the LORD,
Who serve 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.”
Dave plays the guitar. Burnadette the piano.
Neither of us has attempted the harp.