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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

June 21 - Evening

"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 forevermore."

- Psalms 121:1-8

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Psalms of Ascent    

Psalm 120-134 are the fifteen Psalms known as the “Songs of Ascent.” They were sung by traveling pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem. They were also sung by the Levite choirs in Jerusalem who led the singing as the Jews progressed up the temple mount steps to worship. These are processional songs that are almost all short psalms focused on Jerusalem and national concerns that would unite the worshippers during times of feasting and celebration. These fifteen Psalms consider Israel’s past and the greatness of their God who has delivered them, but also proclaim the promise of continued blessing to an obedient, unified people who wait in hope for the fullness of the Lord’s plan. Psalm 127 is the eighth and middle of the Psalms of Ascent with seven Psalms coming before it and seven more following it.

  • Psalm 120, a prayer for deliverance from the wicked and a quest for peace.
  • Psalm 121, a declaration that the Lord watches over Israel and her people.
  • Psalm 122, a celebration of the city Jerusalem and a prayer for her peace.
  • Psalm 123, a psalm focused on God with a request for his mercy.
  • Psalm 124, credits the Lord with delivering Israel in past military campaigns.
  • Psalm 125, the Lord’s care of righteous people will be like his care of his city.
  • Psalm 126, recalls the Lord restoring Jerusalem after a time of affliction.
  • Psalm 127, MIDDLE; Expresses vanity of building a city or family w/o God.
  • Psalm 128, promise of prosperity for those who fear and obey the Lord.
  • Psalm 129, request for the Lord to destroy Israel’s oppressors.
  • Psalm 130, plea for mercy, forgiveness with confession to wait for restoration.
  • Psalm 131, affirmation of Israel’s total reliance on God; their hope is in God.
  • Psalm 132, recalls David bringing Ark to Jerusalem and Davidic Covenant.
  • Psalm 133, a declaration of the pleasantness of national unity.
  • Psalm 134, recognition of the Levites serving in the Temple in Jerusalem.

The second of the fifteen Psalms of Ascent is Psalm 121. This is a psalm that is easy to imagine a Jewish traveler singing on his way to the mountains of Jerusalem through the hill country surrounding Jerusalem.

The first two verses (Psalm 121:1-2) use the first-person, singular pronoun “I” and “My” as the singer proclaims:

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from?”

Then, as he looks towards the mountains of Jerusalem (Mt. Moriah, Mt. Olives, Mt. Zion) were the presence of the Lord is found in the Temple on Mount Moriah he answers his own question by singing:

“My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Verses 3-8 a priest or a fellow traveler answers the first pilgrim referring to him in the second-person, singular pronoun:

“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 Keeper of Israel would also keep the individual Israelite as he traveled through the hill country on his way to worship in Jerusalem.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"It is impossible to enslave, mentally or socially, a bible-reading people. The principles of the bible are the groundwork of human freedom." 
- Horace Greeley
Something to Ponder??

From David Kinnaman's book
"You Lost Me"

Myth 5: Young people will come back to church like they always do.

Reality: Some faith leaders minimize the church dropout problem by assuming that young adults will come back to the church when they get older, especially when they have children. However, previous research conducted by the Barna Group raises doubts about this conclusion.

Furthermore, the social changes since 1960 make this generation much less likely to follow the conventional path to having children: They are getting married roughly six years later than did the Boomers; they are having their first child much later in life; and they are eight times more likely than were the youth of the 1960s to come from homes where their own biological parents were never married.

Kinnaman asked several questions in response to conventional wisdom:

  • "If this generation is having children later in life, are church leaders simply content to wait longer?
  • If Mosaics return, will they do so with extra burdens—emotional, financial, spiritual, and relational—from their years apart from Christian community?
  • What if Mosaics turn out to be a generation in which most do not return?

"Churches, organizations and families owe this generation more. They should be treated as the intelligent, capable individuals they are—a generation with a God-given destiny. Renewed commitment is required to rethink and realign disciple-making in this new context. Mosaic believers need better, deeper relationships with other adult Christians. They require a more holistic understanding of their vocation and calling in life—how their faith influences what they do with their lives, from Monday through Saturday. And they also need help discerning Jesus' leading in their life, including greater commitment to knowing and living the truth of Scripture."

(source here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Esoptron (Gr) - Mirror (Eng) – the Greek word esoptron means “mirror.”
The first esoptron were bronze platters covered with a sheet of water.
In NT time the esoptron was a round or elliptical polished disk of bronze or
silver with a handle which was sometimes made of ivory.
James uses the illustration of a man looking at himself in an esoptron
to see his face as an example of a man looking into the Word of God to see
the Truth concerning that same man. A man that walks away from an esoptron and
forgets what he looks like is like the man who hears the Truth of the Word of God,
but does nothing with it. (James 1:23)
Paul refers to the esoptron in 1 Corinthians 13:12 and 2 Corinthians 3:18.


Assyrian king Esarhaddon of
2 Kings 19:37 and Ezra 4:2 and Isaiah 37:38 is also confirmed by these contemporary inscriptions:

  • Royal Brick Inscription
  • Esarhaddon Chronicle
  • Stone Prism of Esarhaddon
  • Stone Lion’s head with inscription
  • Wall relief of Esarhaddon
  • Letters of Esarhaddon
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will   "The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the
wicked to ruin."

- Proverbs 21:12
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Jeremiah 8 2 Chronicles 9
Prayer for Today
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Time of refreshing


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
A Western Wall Herodian ashlar stone map details of the location of Jerusalem's gates, highlight lions gate
A Western Wall ashlar stone block built and set by Herod's workers
2,000 years ago. (Ashlar stone details here.)
Map showing the location of Jerusalem's gates with
a highlight of the Lion's Gate in the east wall.
(More details of the Lion's Gate here)
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