Family Devotion : Psalms of Ascent
Summer usually means family travel. Family travel usually means LOTS of time together. In a car. LOTS of time together in a car usually means irritation.
Seriously though, many families look forward to summer for trips and memories, and often find themselves in the throes of sinful reactions as they travel together.
As we venture through the Psalms of Ascent this summer, one of the things we are looking at is the nature of our journey together, and not just as individuals. The Israelites would make the trek to Jerusalem as a group, and these Psalms helped to keep them focused on the purpose of the journey, and the sacredness of the journey they were taking as they traveled. What better opportunity do we have as families to talk about our spiritual journey than when we are traveling somewhere together?
Perhaps even as we focus our families on these Psalms of Ascent, we may even find God’s peace and presence with us as we make memories together.
Read Psalm 133:
1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.
1. Why does God tell us it is ‘good and pleasant’ to have unity? Why does fighting interrupt us being able to enjoy our journey?
2. Unity is a spiritual blessing that we enjoy in Christ. What is one way we can be a blessing to someone else today?
3. Life forevermore is the ULTIMATE blessing. What is the most exciting thing about living with Jesus forever? How can we know that this can be our future?
Make a trip more engaging than just listening to the radio or immersing in electronic devices. Keep your eyes on the scenery as you travel and have every member of the family point out something they see that is an amazing creation of God. Go around and ask each person to say ONE THING they are thankful for.