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Praise

God, the One who made heaven and earth, truly blesses us.

Introduction

These Psalms of Ascent remind us that we are on a journey through our lives with God. These 15 psalms, from 120 through 134, were sung and prayed by pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem, as they traveled to the Temple in celebration of the three main festivals of the Hebrew people: Passover, Pentecost and Booths (Exodus 23:14-17). These pilgrim songs, these road-trip prayers, acted like a soundtrack for the people of God then, reminding them that they were a people on the way with God and preparing them in hearts and minds for worship they would experience.

What they did as they went on that geographical journey, we want to do in our journey with God wherever we find ourselves, regardless of our geography. We want every day of our lives, every week of our lives, every year of our lives, until the end of our days to be filled with the right soundtrack, so to speak, to have our minds and hearts attuned to God—who he is and his purposes in the world.

We have tried to put a new song in our mouths that leads us to have our hearts and minds aligned for the journey to the eternal kingdom.

Now, we're going to look at the last of those psalms, Psalm 134. We want to explore some key questions: What did it mean then? What does it mean now? How do we allow Psalm 134 to shape our discipleship, our faith journey with the living God?

Bless the Lord

(Read Psalm 134:1)

The New International Version of the Bible, which I usually preach out of says: “Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord.” Now, while I appreciate the NIV quite a bit because it is easy to read and to understand. But there are sometimes that I do not like it, and Psalm 134 is one of those times. There are a couple of reasons for that, and ...

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Matt Erickson serves as the Senior Pastor of Eastbrook Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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