Worship is often touted as a “lifestyle,” but I would like to take the thought a little farther. Psalms 120-134 are considered the “songs of ascents.” These psalms were the road trip music for the Jewish people as they journeyed from their homes and cities to Jerusalem. Jerusalem has an elevation of about 2500 feet above sea-level making it high above the plains where most people lived in that day. So when you are trekking up a “large hill,” what better to get you prepped for going to temple than songs of life and your relationship with God?
I love that these psalms expand the vast territory of our lives, birth, brotherhood, servanthood, soldiering, etc. It truly reveals that these psalmists, these so-thought worship leaders, were really just people like you and me. Observing and partaking in life and learning principles such as: humility (Ps. 131), community (Ps. 133), hope (Ps. 131), joy (Ps. 126), and even repentance (Ps. 120).
So as you are thinking about your day, ask God to give you “songs” to sing on the journey towards going to the place where God dwells. I believe that if you look around at life you will see the principles of worship surrounding you. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein…” (Ps. 24.1) “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Ps. 19) All that to say, be aware that God’s revelation of himself and the relationship he longs to have with you is evident.
Worship music is always playing, are you going to harmonize your pilgrimage to God’s ways?