The Psalms of Ascent
By Jeffrey Stivason - Posted at Place for Truth:The Psalms of Ascent is a collection of Psalms in the Psalter. There are other collection or groupings of Psalms. This collection is not unique in that sense. However, this collection was a well-worn collection. This dog-eared collection was taken by pilgrims to Jerusalem three times per year on their pilgrimage, hence the title, Psalms of Ascent. These pilgrims were going up to Jerusalem! Some have viewed the 15 Psalms that make up this collection (Psalms 120-134) as the fifteen steps leading up to the temple in Jerusalem.
What is more, this series of Psalms is finely structured. Psalm 127 is the middle Psalm leaving seven on either side. This middle Psalm is the only one in the collection written by Solomon. It is as familiar as it is loved. This is the Psalm that reminds us that “unless the Lord builds the house, those how build labor in vain.” Advice Solomon himself should have paid close attention to during his reign. Yet, the Psalm drives us beyond Solomon to think of Christ. The Lord Jesus built a house and He as the builder has more glory than the house (Hebrews 3:3)!
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