The Psalms of Ascent are a set of fifteen psalms that were traditionally sung as priests entered the temple, and Jews journeyed to the Holy Land to celebrate the Passover Festival. They offer hope, encouragement, and peace in a time of uncertainty. Today we will read and discuss Psalm 133 and Psalm 134, the final two psalms in the psalms of ascents.
Psalm 133 shows us what would happen if we follow the command to live in unity with one another. In order to live together in unity, we don’t all have to share the same opinions or lifestyles; we just all love Jesus and follow after Him!
Jesus prays for His disciples, and us, just before He is betrayed by Judas and arrested. His prayer is one of unity – if we are united in Him, we can be united to one another.
When believers live in unity with others, the blessings are abundant, like an anointing with oil that pours down our faces and onto our clothes; like dew that pours from Mount Hermon, giving life to the land around it.
Living in unity blesses us and blesses others!
The final Psalm of Ascents was originally directed to the priests as a parting message of encouragement, but applies to us all.
We are to praise the Lord in everything we do, especially when things are dark and troublesome (by night).
Lifting hands is a posture of praise and prayer. Open hands in praise give us an opportunity to receive God’s blessings.
Ultimately, the message here is to go, and may God go with you!