“Psalms of Ascent Series”, Quiet Time Coaching: Episode 204, Psalm 131 – 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.

The whole tone of the Psalm reminds us of Matt 18:1-4 and the instructions of Jesus as to the qualities necessary for us to be ‘great’ in the kingdom.
“Psalm 131 is a maintenance Psalm. It is functional to the person of faith as pruning is functional to the gardener; it gets rid of that which looks good to those who don’t know better, and reduces the distance between our hearts and their roots in God.” Peterson, Obed, 149.
Spurgeon said it “..is one of the shortest psalms to read, but one of the longest to learn.”

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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