Climbing that mountain. We’re reading fifteen psalms of ascents. I always envisage these as the soundtrack of the pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem. The holy Hill.
I’m looking forward to these as cheer chants for the Christian life. A Christian life well lived should be about improving, becoming more holy, a better person. More loving, more unselfish, more generous.
Loving God with more and more of your heart. As close to all your heart as you can possibly manage.
And it seems the second great commandment will never be at tension. Truly loving your neighbour is, as Jesus says, like it; like loving God. Maybe, done right, it’s a ven diagram where the two circles sit directly over each other.
Anyway the abiding image of these songs is climbing a mountain to see God. Drawing closer, getting higher. It’s work, but it’s full of pleasurable anticipation, high spirits and optimism.
Coming from a bit of time out to summarise the books of the minor prophets which I’ve read so far, this feels a bit like sunshine after rain.
And I’m of a more positive frame of mind than I have been. I have achieved ‘flow’ at work, I feel functional and satisfied. A lot of the self doubt I had has gone away.
So this psalm says lift those eyes to the hills, to the goal and the source, as the feet walk step by step up the incline towards.
God will shade you during the burning day, comfort when things are harsh, and keep those feet from slipping during the darkness, when you can’t see.
Jehovah, watching over you with care, 24/7. I do still have lots to worry about, but clarity on so much that gives me hope.
So to the day!