Morning devotion:

Psalms 120:1  ¶<<A Song of degrees.>> In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

The next 15 Psalms are called songs of degrees. The words mean going up or lifting up. They were believed to be sung when one was leaving their home to go up to the Temple to worship or when one ascended the steps of the temple.

Wouldn’t that be nice, if we had a culture of people who love going to church so much that they sang about it on the way to church. Church would be their delight and their goal.

These songs of degrees, are progressive in nature. One author gives us this: “Psalms 120-124, there is constant reference to trouble and danger; in 125-129 to confidence in God; in 130-134, to direct communion with him in his house.”

In the Psalm there is there the realization of a constant threat in David’s life. He automatically goes to the Lord for His deliverance and help.

Psalms 120:1  ¶<<A Song of degrees.>> In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

In every distress, and in every blessing, we should always go to the Lord. Our Lord will always hear the prayers of his believers, always.

Some would believe like Job when he was in anguish. He thought God had forsaken him and the evils of His life were cruelly from God.

Job 30:20  I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not. 21  Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me. 22  Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.

When in fact, God was actually blessing Job; read the rest of the book.

Job 42:12  So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

Some times we must simply trust the Lord and cry to Him, even when we do not know what the future holds.

The Bible is replete with this one fact.

Psalm 18:6  In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

Psalm 30:7  LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. 8  I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication.

Psalm 50:15  And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Jeremiah 33:3  Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

Again, and again and again, let me stress, this all starts with Jesus.

Romans 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook