A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Psalm 132

We continue to read Eugene Peterson’s, “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction” throughout April, reflecting upon Psalms 120-134, also known as the Songs of Ascent. Details on how to easily purchase the book are here.

Chapter 14 is available for download here:


Peterson summarises chapter 14 in this way: “Psalm 132 activates faith’s memory so that obedience will be sane… For obedience is not a stodgy plodding in the ruts of religion, it is a hopeful race toward God’s promises.”

  • How might you develop obedience that is both “looking back in faith” and “looking forward in hope”.

Now turn your reflections into prayer.

2 thoughts on “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Psalm 132

  1. Malcolm April 20, 2022 / 3:06 am

    When our son was in the cancer ward of the Children’s Hospital it was interesting to note that all of the parents believed in heaven. It is so easy to call on God when trouble hits but as Eugene says, it is better to trust God because we know him from things he has done in the past and not just because we want him to fullfil our current needs.

    • Stuart April 20, 2022 / 6:31 am

      So true.

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