Audio Excerpts: The Psalms of Ascent

These audio excerpts are from a conference on the Psalms of Ascents, which are Psalms 120 to 134. It is one of the most lovely  portions in the entire Bible.

The complete messages from this conference are available on this site in PDF format; they form Part One of the book, The Journey of Life, which you can access via the “Also Available…” link below.

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Excerpt One
The Psalms of Ascent and the Stages of Our Christian Growth

I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of Jehovah.”

— Psalm 122:1

For the Jews in the Old Testament, the “Psalms of Ascent” (Psalms 120 to 134) were to be sung when the children of Israel came to Jerusalem and ascended to the top of Mount Zion three times a year, where they would hold a feast before the Lord. For us as Christians today, however, they provide a marvelous, overall picture of our Christian growth from regeneration to the Lord’s return. It is one of the sweetest portions in the entire Bible.

From the standpoint of our experience we may consider these psalms as being in five stages: vision, consecration, enjoyment, enlargement, and maturity.

6 minutes 52 seconds • 1.6 megabytes

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Excerpt Two
Psalm 122: Seeing the Vision of the Church

I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of Jehovah.”
— Psalm 122:1

For the Jews in the Old Testament, the “Psalms of Ascent” (Psalms 120 to 134) were to be sung when the children of Israel came to Jerusalem and ascended to the top of Mount Zion three times a year, where they would hold a feast before the Lord. For us as Christians today, however, they provide a marvelous, overall picture of our Christian growth from regeneration to the Lord’s return. It is one of the sweetest portions in the entire Bible.

From the standpoint of our experience we may consider these psalms as being in five stages: vision, consecration, enjoyment, enlargement, and maturity.

4 minutes 17 seconds • 1.0 megabytes

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Excerpt Three
Psalm 123: Genuine Consecration

To You I lift up my eyes,
O You who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
As the eyes of a maid
to the hand of her mistress,
So our eyes look to Jehovah our God,
Until He is gracious to us.
— Psalm 123:1-2

The reality of consecration is not in prayer or theory, but in action and behavior. We should not tell the Lord that we give ourselves to Him, then continue to do whatever we wish.

Rather, once we tell the Lord that we give ourselves to Him, we gear our entire person to paying attention to the Lord Himself and to all of His dealings and actions. Whenever He works, with us there is a proper response. If the Lord stops us in our efforts to do something, we should realize that it is not a person or environment that is stopping us, but the Lord Himself. This is to “look unto the Lord’s hand” and wait upon Him.

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Excerpt Four
Psalm 123: The Lord’s Hand of Discipline

To You I lift up my eyes,
O You who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
As the eyes of a maid
to the hand of her mistress,
So our eyes look to Jehovah our God,
Until He is gracious to us.
— Psalm 123:1-2

We experience the Lord’s hand in many different ways, but the main way is as a hand of discipline. We need to look unto the Lord’s hand for His mercy, that we could receive His discipline to prevent us from running wild and instead live in the reality of our consecration. Otherwise, we will feel that whatever discipline the Lord brings into our lives is just an unfortunate experience for us to pass through.6 minutes 52 seconds • 1.6 megabytes

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Bro. John K. T.

I thank God that i have come to experince Christ in a new way. The sharing of Brother Titus and his coworkers have really blessed us here…. The Churches in East Africa are on transition to this reality of Christ. We had seen the indwelling Christ but we had not seen the Church Life being lived out of the indwelling Christ. Oh what a revelation. I encourage everyone visiting this website to consider the things she or he will read seriously. This is not just another website. May the Lord Strengthen Bro Titus and the team always. We love you Brothers

 

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