You have found a daily podcast based on the Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134).

They are designed to help our hearts and minds being a healthy place while the Covid 19 virus does its worst.

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1–4 NIV11)

Each day we will meditate on a verse or two from these wonderful Psalms as we make our pilgrimage from confusion to hope, pain to peace, anxiety to joy.

The Psalm is very personal. It is interesting that such a corporate activity as a group pilgrimage begins with a Psalm spoken as by an individual.

Even in his darkness the Psalmist turns in the right direction and looks to the right person for help.

tsarah – straits, distress. It indicates intense inner turmoil (Ps 25:17). It describes the anguish of a people besieged by an enemy. It is comparable to the pain of a woman bearing her first child (Jer 4:31). It refers to terror at the approach of a raping army (Jer 6:24). It defines the quality of time when Judah suffers her severest punishment for violating the covenant (Jer 30:7; cf. Ps 78:49). The land of a people that reject the Lord’s word is described as full of distress, darkness, and the gloom of anguish (Isa 8:22; cf. Is 30:6). Into such darkness Yahweh will bring the light of his salvation (Is 9:1–2).

A brother provides help in adversity (Prov 17:17).

Give your distress to God, and look to provide help to others in their distress.

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John