A Prayer in Honor of the Feast of Atonement

“Surrendered Heart” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

We come into Your presence with gratitude, my Lord.

I thank You, Father, for Your forgiveness and Your Faithfulness.

As we come into Your presence with a true heart of repentance, I pray—take away all you see that is unrighteousness and all that is an abomination in Your sight in our thoughts, in the words we utter, and in our behavior and attitude. Continue reading “A Prayer in Honor of the Feast of Atonement”

Our Songs of Ascent

Open the Gates with Praise” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

For many years, I was always curious when I came across the Psalms known as the “Songs of Ascent” (Psalms 120-134). I wondered what this special title meant and the story that sets these psalms apart. Over time, I discovered that these psalms are known as the Pilgrim Songs. Some scholars believe they were sung by worshippers as they ascended the road to Jerusalem to attend the three pilgrim feasts (Deuteronomy 16:16). Others believe that the songs were sung by Levitical priests as they ascended the steps of the Temple in Jerusalem. Another theory suggests they were written after the rebuilding of the Second Temple. Finally, there are scholars who think these songs were individual poems that were collected and given a title that would connect them to the Jewish pilgrimage after the Babylonian captivity. Continue reading “Our Songs of Ascent”