A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Psalm 134

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.

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Psalm 134 completes the collection of the Songs of Ascents. The journey to Jerusalem is complete. The pilgrimage has reached its climax. But what if our feelings do not mirror the occasion? In response, Peterson argues that ‘feelings don’t run the show.’

  • How do you respond to the call to ‘lift up praising hands’, even when we don’t feel like it? Have you tried it lately?
  • How does your journey of faith elicit joy? When can you best give expression to this joy?

Now turn your reflections into prayer.

2 thoughts on “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Psalm 134

  1. Malcolm April 27, 2022 / 6:25 am

    I think that “the chief end of man” statement is a beautiful expression of ” the meaning of life” and so much better than the classic “42”.

    • Stuart April 27, 2022 / 1:15 pm

      Agreed. I like piper’s take: “to glorify God BY enjoying him forever.”

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