The end goal of our pilgrimage is to bless the Lord. To praise his name. The amazing, wonderful, unexpected thing is this: he also blesses us.
Psalm 134, the final Psalm of Ascent, describes what we do when we arrive at our destination.
Never forget the value of healthy community. Spiritually speaking, we need it to survive.
When different members of God’s family live in unity, we are preparing the way for God’s presence to dwell among us.
These verses describe the city of Zion (ancient Jerusalem), the destination of the pilgrim road. It is a blessed place. And there is one key factor that differentiates it from any other location on earth: it is God’s “resting place”: where he sits enthroned.
Like the ancient pilgrims who sang these verses, we are also waiting to see God’s kingdom come. And so we wait. And we hope. And in the often confusing in-between we live lives that bring God’s kingdom to this earth as it is in heaven.
It is good to take a moment and thank God for all those who made it possible for us to worship God.
Remember that the struggles you are facing will pass, but your hope in God will last forever.
Our goal should be to reach a place of calm and quiet in God’s presence. To no longer see him as a “cosmic vending machine” that exists to satisfy our every whim but to simply enjoy being with him.
God’s plan is not just to forgive our sins, but to lead us to a life of true freedom.
Though the night is dark, the watchman is confident that the sun will rise just as it has countless other times. And it is that hope that gives him the energy to outlast the night.
If God kept a record of sins, who could stand? The implied answer to this rhetorical question is clear: no one.
Prayer is a pilgrimage: a journey from where we are to the place of God’s presence.
These verses should serve as a reminder to ask ourselves the question: what (or who) is our source?
God’s past faithfulness should give us confidence when we face trials on the pilgrim road.