Pilgrim Psalms (1)

Today we will begin a series of devotions that will look at Psalms 120 through 134. These Psalms are often called “pilgrim psalms.”
These chapters are called “pilgrim psalms” because they were sung by pilgrims — people who traveled to a special religious place. These pilgrims went to Jerusalem to celebrate Jewish feasts. As these people started their journey, they would sing Psalm 120. Then they would sing the next Psalm and continue until they sang Psalm 134 as they arrived in Jerusalem.
In Psalm 120, the pilgrims sang about being among people who did not follow God. “I have lived too long with those who hate peace. I ask for peace, but they want war” (verses 6-7). Then again in Psalm 129 they sang about facing troubles, but “the Lord does what is right” (verse 4a).
We need to be like these pilgrims and realize that God will be with us. Even though we face troubles, God will help us and do what is right.