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Psalms of Ascent


Psalms 120-134

are called

Songs of Ascent


The word “ascent” means to go up in elevation. 


Jerusalem is higher in elevation

than the

surrounding area.


The Songs of Ascent were a group of psalms

that Jewish worshippers

(who didn't live in Jerusalem)

sang

three times every year 

as they journeyed

up to Israel

for

Passover,

Pentecost,

and the

Feast of Tabernacles.

Deuteronomy 16:16

Exodus 23:17

Leviticus 23:5-8


Note:

This website has teaching pages for the

Psalms of Ascent.

Please see the bottom of the page for links.




The Bible tells us that

three times a year,

all the Jewish males

who lived outside of Jerusalem

were required to journey to Jerusalem

for three special feasts.


Women and children were welcome,

but men were required.


These Psalms of Ascent

were

especially important

as

songs to sing for the journey

up to Jerusalem for these three feast times.



These psalms were also probably

sung

by all the worshippers in Jerusalem

as they ascended the stairs

to the temple area

for those celebrations.




During Old Testament times,

all 150 psalms

were

put to music and sung to God

by Jewish worshippers.

-

Those tunes are not known today.

-

Esther Mui has taken the

Psalms of Ascent

and put music to them.


Those are presented below.





The video below

shows the beauty of the Holy Land

and

it highlights the beauty of

The Psalms of Ascent.



The Book of Psalms

God wrote the book of Psalms

to minister to our mind and to our emotions.

Psalms is a poetic book.

God’s poetry frequently uses word pictures

to help give understanding

and

stir our emotions in the right direction.



The Psalms of Ascent

Psalms 120 - 134

We have a page for most of them.


Psalm 120 Inspiration in times of distress
(a commentary)


 Psalm 121 The Faithfulness of God (a commentary)

Psalm 122:6-9  A Prayer page for Israel  (not a commentary)

Psalm 123  (not a commentary)

Psalm 124 - God rescues us!  (not a commentary)

Psalm 125 Inspiration and blessings (a simple commentary)

Psalm 126   A Psalm of Joy

Psalm 127  Choosing priorities wisely (a commentary)

Psalm 128  God expresses his desire to bless you.

Psalm 129 God deals with the Jews (a short video)

Psalm 130    A psalm of comfort and hope  (an easy commentary)

Psalm 131    (an easy commentary)

Psalm 132 - No page yet

Psalm 133     Audio Presentation by Beth
( not a commentary)

  Psalm 134 - Bless the Lord  (not a commentary )


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