a song of ascents

In days gone by groups of spiritual seekers travelled hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles often on foot to worship the Divine at a 'holy place'. In ancient times Jerusalem was one of those places. The closer the travellers got to their destination, the steeper the path became, but their goal was in sight, a city on a hill, Jerusalem the Golden.


As they approached their destination their excitement began to build until they burst into praise to the Divine. The songs they sang as they climbed were recorded in the sacred writings. Each one became known as 'a song of ascents'. Here is just one, and very appropriately it describes life as a journey. It points to the fact that we don't face our journey alone, but we have a willing helper in our Creator, who is always there for us. He* loves and cares for us and supports us through even the hardest times.





I lift up my eyes to the mountains –
    where does my help come from?
 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip –
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you –
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm –
    he will watch over your life;
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and for evermore.


Read the passage for yourself. You can find it in the book of Psalms, in the Bible: Psalm 121


* For more on the nature of God, see our FAQ's.

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