I have really enjoyed bible studies by Beth Moore over the years. I like her because I feel like I can relate with her. She is funny and she has a deep desire to follow God. Her studies are in-depth and I appreciate the thoroughness she spends on God’s word.
This fall, I joined in this bible study with our women’s church group. I never knew that the 15 Psalms (Psalm 120 – 134) related with the phrase “Stepping Up the Psalms of Ascent” in relationship to The Jerusalem Temple. The Hebrew transliteration for ascent is ma’aloth meaning “to go up.” Specifically, there are 15 steps from the Court of Women (inside the temple) to the Nicanor Gate, isn’t that an awesome picture? To me, this also depicts the ascension we will someday take into heaven.
I have enjoyed reading the Psalms, and will continue. What I like about the Psalms is that they are honest and true of the feelings and expressions we have (and will) experienced in life, and they are beautifully and poetically written. I encourage you to do this study on your own. Try out the study guide for a deep study. At the very least, read through these amazing Psalms (take one a day) and notice your walk with God ascending higher and closer to Him.
I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber.
Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep.
The Lord protects you; the Lord is a shelter right by your side.
The sun will not strike you by day, or the moon by night.
The Lord will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life.
The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever.