“Psalms of Ascent Series”, Quiet Time Coaching: Episode 188, Psalm 129 – Overview

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.

“Ps 129 is no trite statement of an easy faith or a shallow optimism. This song of confidence is an outgrowth of the prayer of lament in which distress was tearfully brought before Yahweh. God’s people, as they sang this song, were doubtless painfully aware not only of past ordeals but of present threats. They had learned both from ancient history and from recent experience that the light of salvation lies at the end of a dark tunnel of suffering. They sang this song in the night, as it were. By faith rather than sight they clung to God’s past self-revelation as champion of a particular city and people. With the courage that sprang from a real faith, they dared to assert that their divine help in ages past was their hope for years to come.” Allen, Leslie C. Psalms 101–150. WBC 21. 2d; Accordance electronic edition, version 2.0. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002.

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

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