Daily Dose, May 21 — Psalms of Ascent

  Today we begin our time in the Psalms of Ascent, also called the Gradual Psalms, Songs of Steps or the Pilgrim Psalms. Generations have known these to be the psalms that speak to the journey. Some believe these were sung as God’s people made their way to Jerusalem for their festivals, or as they made their way to the Temple to worship God. These were their words as they made their journey. These psalms can be our words as we make our journey, as well -- because we all are on a journey. Whenever you are on a journey, making your way anywhere, where you have set your eyes really does matter. If you are like me and struggle with being clumsy and have a tendency to trip and drop things, keeping our eyes focused matters. We know, all too well, what happens when we don’t have our eyes set where they need to be. A few years back, Gary and I were hiking with friends, and keeping our eyes set on the trail ahead was incredibly important. On the trails, snakes abound, as do boulders, tree stumps, limps and countless other things. Our eyes needed to be watchful. What is true in life is also true in our life with God. Where we turn our eyes matters; it impacts what we see.

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come. My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever. (Psalm 121)

Where are your eyes directed today? When we lift them to the mountains, to the heavens, then we can be reminded of His greatness, of His power and of His faithfulness. We can be reminded that He is watching over us with His love and protection and that He is always with us. Today, lift up your eyes…. -- Rev. Terri Henkel