"I will lift up my eyes to the hills-from whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth" (Ps. 121:1-2).
The songs of ascents were probably written during the Return Era. The message of these psalms captures the revived hearts of the exiles as they return from Babylon and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Their seventy-year exile has taught them a number of life lessons about trusting God:
David was an apt student and learned to trust God as a young man. Sadly, most of the kings who descended from him learned to trust the Lord in the school of hard knocks.
Every man struggles with pride and self-sufficiency, while God waits to work on behalf of those who trust in Him.
The 10 Songs of Ascents were probably written to be sung during Israel's annual trips to worship in the temple in Jerusalem.
What attitude toward God do these psalms reflect?
What character of God do these psalms highlight?
What do these psalms reveal about the role of Jerusalem in worship?
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