Greetings all, here is your E-votional fresh off the presses from Jerusalem…
“A Song of Ascents. Of David.
I was glad when they said to me,
‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’
Our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem—built as a city
that is bound firmly together.
To it the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord,
as was decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
For there the thrones for judgement were set up,
the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
‘May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
and security within your towers.’
For the sake of my relatives and friends
I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.”
When the ancient Israelites would journey to Jerusalem to make their offerings at the temple they would sing the Psalms of Ascent along the way. Each of the 15 Psalms, which are Psalms 120-134 in our Bible, were sung at certain times along the way. This week, as I sat on the Southern steps of the Temple Mount which would have marked the culmination of that long journey, I was reminded that in so many ways faith is about moving forward. Faith calls us to leave our comfort zones and make hard journeys. Some of those journeys are physical and others are spiritual, but whatever they may be, they change us and they shape our faith.
The truth is you don’t have to come to Jerusalem to be a faithful Christian, but being a faithful Christian often does require that same forward momentum that has led people to the Temple Mount for millennia. Sometimes you just have to get up and go somewhere as an act of faith.
Prayer: Holy God, please continue to call me forward in my life of faith. Help me to remember that I am a pilgrim, on a journey to serve and worship you. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.