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.

Babel is a great example of great endeavour frustrated by God, Gen 11:1-9.

The two halves of the Psalm parallel Genesis 11 – the vainglorious building followed by grace of God in giving Terah a family that lasts to this day, Gen 11:24-29.

The goal is not to do no work, but to do it without a sinful dependence on self. We must avoid the mistakes of Babel (ended in confusion) and the Pharisees (hypocritical self-righteousness). But there is work for Christians to do, 2 Thess 3:11-13 – see example of Paul, 1 Thess 2:9.

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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