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.
Ephrathah is associated with Bethlehem, Gn. 35:16; Ru. 4:11; & identified in several passages as the home territory of David. It is also connected with the promise of a Messiah (Mi. 5:2, Matt 2:3-7).
Jaar is an abbreviation for Kiriath-Jearim, 1 Sam 7:1-2, where the ark was housed while ‘lost’. Jaar means ‘wood’ or ‘thicket’ which draws attention to the incongruity of the ark being ‘lost’ there. Like lost in a wood. “Where is the ark?”, “It’s somewhere in the woods.” Even there it had an impact, as Samuel led the people in repentance that resulted in the Philistines being defeated, 1 Sam 7:3-14.
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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