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Songs of Ascent: Day



Today's Text: Psalm 120; Romans 5:3-4; 2 Thess 1:1-4

The collection of “Songs of Ascent” begins appropriately with the song of a faithful worshipper who is far away from the temple among pagan people – people who hate truth and love war.

Do you know what it is like to feel out of place? Alone in your convictions? Under the attack of a lying tongue?

As the travelers sing about persecution on their pilgrimage to Zion (the mountain of God), so too, we find ourselves alone or under attack as we seek to honor Him.

God’s Word doesn’t toss out a lot of promises that, as Christians, our troubles are going to go away – that our enemies will come around and begin to see things from our perspective. It doesn’t promise that you won’t have times where you feel very, very, very alone in your convictions or that the “warrior’s sharp arrows” won’t sting and the “glowing coals” won’t burn.

But you know what God’s Word does say about persecution? God tells us that it’s a cause for celebration!


Romans 5:3-5 doesn’t tell us that our suffering will be over soon, or that our enemies will get old and ugly and miserable. Nope. In fact, they might prosper for a very. long. season.

Instead, God promises something better – something eternal:

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings,

knowing that suffering produces endurance,

and endurance produces character,

and character produces hope.

Romans 5:3-4

Man. It all makes sense on paper, but is it hard for anyone else to think in terms of eternity when the liar is prospering, when your loved ones are hurting, and your integrity seems to be running you into the ground? I’ll be honest, when the world is feeling particularly painful, it’s a real struggle for me to think in terms of celebration.

I just want the mean guys to lose!

And the Holy Spirit – ever faithful, ever gentle – realigns my heart and reminds me of that four-letter word.


It’s what the Israelites had as they began their journey to the mountain of God.

It’s what I had when I woke up this morning, and what I will have when I climb into bed tonight.

Hope is our good gift – our reward – from our great and loving God. And it comes out of suffering.

Not only does the Bible give us a promise – it give us proof! You know Whose suffering produced the greatest Hope of all, don’t you?


Let’s stand firm today on the Word of God today, sisters. Walking toward Him. Seeking Him. Perhaps feeling alone, yet never really alone. Dare we suffer with a skip in our steps? Dare we actually rejoice when we suffer persecutions?

His hope is real. It is promised. It is proven.

  • TjhasfaithnHim

    I identify with so many of these post! The realization I saw today was the endurance produces character and character produces hope. Does it? Most days I am like Maribelle or Autumn Dawn (which by coincidence if I am pregnant for the 7th time I will name my daughter Autumn Joy)
    I have been through a lot and people LOVE that I have a powerful testimony. But I can’t say that lately it makes sense to me. I will meditate on this today because I need God to show me Hope again.

  • thank you Jezz and Ellen. I appreciate it very much.

  • @ Heather IT’S NOT OVER! Stay full of hope and know He’s with you every step of the way! Praying for you! Catching up on my devotions…. So blessed. In the midst of reading I had to send messages for my friends to join…. I AM SO BLESSED BY THIS DEVOTION & COMMUNITY! TGBTG! I was so stuck at Romans 5 and 3 the Amplified about let us also be full of joy NOW. Not later but now, now is the time now is this season now not later when we get to Heaven. I’m so amazed that I sent invitations to join in! Like that wasn’t enough word I go to second Thessalonians 13 I am bound to thank God for my brother and my Sister’s I’m bound that’s my duty that’s my responsibility. I had to stop and repent because you’re so good that you kept me even in my mass so now I’m so thankful for my brothers and sisters in Christ it’s amazing you are truly amazing guy and I thank you I glorify you and I know I can hold out I can have hope thank you Father amen

  • I've been following SRT for a while but have never commented until today. The Romans bit spoke into my life in such an incredible way…I am in a difficult life situation at the moment, and the encouragement that my perseverance produces character, and hope, is SUCH an encouragement and felt truly from God tonight.

  • Ellen MR

    Kristal- You’ve got it!! Will be praying for you, that things WILL come together, and that you’ll connect with other believers! Hold on to Hope- you are not alone!! :)

  • kaydee21

    I just recently went through a very trying time and I found myself praising God that the outcome would be different than what I was facing. I realize through this study that I must rejoice period through persecution because it brings about a lot of great things. Patience, character, and hope.

  • I love the truth in this devotional. I’ve been feeling alone. Few friends in my “New” city, still single, failed attempts to connect at the last church I attended has left me discouraged. I know God is with me, but when I come home to an empty house day after day, it pains me. And after being at a church for two years and not making close friends despite my attempts to connect with others I’m frustrated. pray for me please. as a part of the body I’m saying I need you all even though you’re strangers please lift me up in prayer

    • jezzemae

      Definitely, praying for you!! I know how having a connected community makes such a difference in our relationship with God. About two years ago I also found a community and my love for Christ flourished – I felt it every day! Like you, now I am also alone in a new city and it's a change, but I do cherish my personal relationship with God… I feel that solitude has brought me closer to Him in a new way :) I pray that you will feel connected to Him whether in a community or as an individual!

  • Aneta Nina

    Playing with hungry children in Cambodia :: That's where I learned and experienced hope! With tummies grumbling, they fed themselves with God's hope, with God's word, with God's promises — even though their family life and circumstances were growing dim. I carry that lesson today because don't have it that bad – and yet – I act like my God isn't the God who was Abraham's hope (like you all mentioned in today's devotional).

    Thank you for the reminder! And keeping all these women focused on God's Will :: To seek and save the loss, to comfort and provide for the brokenhearted….!

  • This reading is so timely. I am experiencing a tough season at work right now. The turmoil seams overwhelming and I have lost hope. Yesterday I broke down and was ready to just throw in the towel and give up. Then today I find these verses in Romans! It's amazing how God finds little ways to say Hey, I heard you cry out. I am listening to you. I am here.

    Thank you God for remindng me that you are there and that you are in control. Help me to trust in you. Guide my steps. Strengthen me to keep perservering. Produce hope within me. Help me to be your light to others. When the struggles of this world seam to be too much, I rely on your strength to help me through. And that is enough for me.

  • This devotion could not have come at a better time. I am thankful for the HOPE that it brings as I too like Israel am on a type of journey of my own.

    I am having to trust God more than I have ever trusted Him before. It has brought me into a closer relationship that I breach a few years ago. “Even when we are faithless, He still abides faithful.”

    No matter how this journey ends I believe God is working it out for what is best for me. I just must remember to keep my eyes on the mark! Israel’s destination was Jerusalem; mine is the same peace.

  • hooleywithaz

    i have been very blessed in my life, and in my mind have not had many times where i've felt like i was suffering. i'm sure there are trials that are waiting for me ahead, and so i look at days/scriptures like these as a chance for me to store these pieces away, so that when i need them, i'll have them in my "supply". you are all such good examples and i'm thankful that you are all willing to share your experiences and thoughts so that those like me can learn from them.

    here's my short prayer that i wrote during my time this morning: "Lord, help me to be hopeful in the face of any suffering i might encounter. make me strong in the knowledge that the trials are making me stronger and bringing me closer to You in Heaven."

  • I needed this today… I am dealing with forgiving my friends-turned-enemies and am feeling quite alone as I've chosen to walk a different path than they have… this was quite the encouragement and good reminder for me tonight.

    • hooleywithaz

      i went through this a few years ago. my sadness and anger still rear their ugly heads sometimes, but stay encouraged that God will put people in your life who are on the same path as you. and you will appreciate them so much more because of what you're going through now.

  • "Hope is our good gift – our reward – from our great and loving God. And it comes out of suffering." I'll hold on to this for the rest of the night. Thanks. ♥

  • I'm so glad I found this blog and just in time to start this Song of Ascents devo with you all. I woke up at 6:30am itching to go at it and to just spend the time with the Lord. My husband and I have had to deal with injustice from another believer and we've had to deal with deceit and lies. When I read Romans 5:3-5, I also see how much we have grown through this, how much the Lord has stood with us and for us and just blessed us through it all. We are still in the midst of dealing with this injustice but through correct channels of authority and not on our own strength and we do have a peace that transcends all understanding and a hope that no matter what happens, God will see us through and it will all work out for good.

  • Victoria

    God is always a faithful Provider. I've been struggling in a marriage broken by lust and lies, and some days I let the enemy gain a foothold in my thoughts – breeding fear and anxiety. Today he's coming at me hard, and I desperately needed to remember what you shared in this blog entry. God provides hope in the midst of suffering. There is beauty to be found and a promise of eternal life to cling to in the midst of the Refiner's fire. Thank you for faithfully serving our great God and allowing Him to encourage the bride of Christ through you!

  • Jill in FL

    Loved the deck today. The passage in Psalms really spoke to me. I am going through a time where I feel exiled. I love that these Psalms take us through a journey. Looking forward to tomorrow.

  • HOPE! This comes at God's perfect timing. I am going through a very low point right now in life. I am being reminded for the hope God has for us constantly. It is hard to hang on to that hope but I am trying. Thank you for such a great devotional today. :)

  • Lauren C

    These verses from Romans alternately lift me up & frankly annoy the crap out of me sometimes. I have a classic conflict between head and heart. My head understands exactly what Paul wrote and exactly what Jesus did for me and tells me that when it comes right down to it, hope is the most beautiful gift of all to receive – regardless of my circumstances. My head says these verses can bring me joy when I read them. Then my heart reminds me how bad things are in my life at this time and I want to scream "Hey God, just how much endurance and character do I really need?!?!" I continue to struggle with hope. I want to hold tightly to it, but I have to work at it. So thankful that ours is a God of 2nd chances, and 3rd, and 4th, and… on and on. I'm getting better. I think my heart has just been gullible to believe Satan's lies.

    • Jesyka


      I immediately smiled when I started reading your comment and saw the phrase, "annoy the crap out of me…."
      I thought to myself, "I'd probably really like her." Thanks for the honesty.
      I imagine that you are being COMPLETELY honest with the Lord as well, and that is the best place we can be when things are less than ideal. I think that helps us to keep in mind just how badly we need Him.
      I'm sorry that you are going through a difficult season and pray that the Lord would protect you from the enemies lies and help you to cling to the truth.

    • hooleywithaz

      this made me smile! it sounds like my thoughts when i'm going through tough times and i've just had to sit back and laugh with exasperation, like, "why is this happening to me, God?!" i say it almost like i would say it to a friend. i want an answer, even though it's kind of rhetorical. and you know what? i think He's okay with us being honest with Him.

  • Charlotte

    The part that hit me the most was that Christ’s suffering offered the greatest hope of all! Isn’t so true and we can sometimes forget that he suffered far worse than we can ever imagine or probably experience. We may think that we are suffering some great deal but we need to remember that Christ’s suffering has saved us from that and his suffering gives us amazing unbelievable hope!!! What a true blessing!!

  • I'm new to this blog, so excited to get started! I just finished reading yesterdays reading and todays reading, so glad I wasn't to far behind so I can get in on this reading plan with everyone else!

    • Jesyka

      Welcome to the SRT community! Looking forward to hearing what the Lord is teaching you!

  • Romans 5:3-5 and your thoughts hit home so directly today that I had to take a screen shot and save it!! God led me to this site today and I'm so thankful he did!

  • "suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope" My husband and I have been living this first hand for the past 2 years. I think the way we use some words sometimes takes away the true meaning and weight they have. Like we say we "love soup" or we "hope it's warm today" when really love is far more than liking a bowl of soup a lot and hope is not only wanting the waether to be a certain way! When I think about love and hope in the Bible's context: how God LOVED us enough to send his son and because of that sacrifice we have a HOPE for eternal life, those four letter words take a whole new meaning than the one we so lightly give them on a daily basis. It is because of HOPE that I can keep walking knowing that one day I will be reunited with my babes in Heaven, suddenly that word is way more meaningful than ever! Have a blessed day you all!

  • Victoria

    I love the NLT. I was re-reading the verses to try and glean what the central idea was for me today and I stopped at the first verse! "I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer." Psalms 120:1

    There is action here, not just the crying out. I am taking my troubles to the Lord. To me this is not just telling God about my troubles but bringing them to Him for Him to have! The idea is so freeing. The troubles are still there but we have given them to God to handle. My burden is lightened and while I still have to travel through the troubles, I don't have to carry them anymore.

    I'm laughing at myself as I type this though because I don't follow it very well. I give my troubles to God and about 5 minutes later I tell Him, I've got it! I shoulder that heavy backpack on my shoulders again and stumble under the weight. This cycle usually goes on a fair bit. But He has brought me so far where I am even willing to pass it to Him in the first place and that I don't stay in the latter part of that cycle…I keep coming back to Him. Because let's be honest, life is moment by moment and so is our walk with Him.

    Father God, today I ask that you give me strength to keep giving you my troubles and that I find joy in them!

    • Lauren C

      Victoria, this was so well said. Thank you so much for sharing this poignant reminder! I really needed to read it!

  • “I call on the Lord, in my distress, and he answers me” verse 1.

    That is my cause for hope. Psalms 39:7 “…My only hope is in you”

    I am in the middle of several bible devos, but today they all intertwine around hope and the love of God. Even as Linda G pointed out, the verse of the day on Youversion (Rom.8:35). Nothing will seperate us from His love.

    2Thess. 1:1-4 ” Our God gives you everything you need, makes you everything you’re to be” MSG

    How can we not have hope? We are given this beautiful gift of life. We are daughters of the King!

    Autumndawn, what a perfect way to start my morning! Beautiful….:)

    Rachelheather, Mirabelle, Hope and all of you. I lift you up in prayer. Blessings.

  • HOPE!!!! I’m so glad our hope can rest in Him. He never ever disappoints. His plans are always good. His ways are always higher. Yay for hope!!!

  • Carolynmimi

    There's more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we're hemmed in with troubles

  • What marvelous passages this morning! And I’m so thankful I turned to Spurgeon’s “The Treasury of David” for exposition. There I read, “‘I cried unto the LORD’ The wisest course that he could follow. It is of little use to appeal to our fellows on the matter of slander, for the more we stir in it the more it spreads; it is of no avail to appeal to the honour of the slanderers, for they have none, and the most piteous demands for justice will only increase their malignity and encourage them to fresh insult. “

  • This is my 1st study with you guys & so far it has been just what I needed. As with many things, I wish I would have started sooner! Today I am clinging to Romans 5:3-5 (both in The Message & NIV). I had surgery last week and, although it successfully removed all the endometriosis, the surgeon saw that I have a bicornuate uterus & now I have to see *another* specialist. THIS was supposed to be it. I wanted to be done with all the doctors & stress. Now I don't know if my body can even carry a baby full term. Needless to say, I have been crying out to God (literally) a LOT lately. I do think I am usually full of hope, but a good reminder such as this is always appreciated :)

    • Victoria

      Heather, I totally understand wishing you had started sooner! I've had that happen with so many thing sin life but then God started to remind me that He brought me to each good (and bad) thing, in HIS timing! This study, right now, is where He has you.Where you were in the past, He had you there too and He was there with you!

      There are no words for the hug I want to give you! I was thinking about pain and how sometimes we can't even put words to it and thought of this…"And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." Romans 8:26-28. There are no words but hon, the Holy Spirit is there too and He is putting words to to our prayers that are going up. Keep praying! (And I will be praying for you too!)

    • Candacejo

      My heart goes out to you too Heather. I am praying for you today that God will comfort you and strengthen you and give you that peace that passes all understanding. This isn't a perfect world but He did promise He would be there for us and walk with us through our trials. He never fails. This song has been a tremendous comfort to me this past year and to so many others, I hope it blesses you today. Let the peace of God cover you. Just click on the link.

    • emily

      thank you for being bold and transparent heather! and i agree with the other ladies, God brought you to this time and study in His timing… no guilt :) i'm sorry that you are dealing with health issues :( but i wanted to say, i have a bicornuate uterus as well… and i got pregnant, and had babies three years in a row, even when i was trying to prevent babies! i tell you that, because statistics say that 50% of conceptions will fail, and it is difficult to get pregnant… well, it is a MIGHTY God we serve. a God that already has a huge plan set in motion, that we get to be a part of. He already knows whether or not you will be able to carry babies, and He knows what is best. set your heart and mind on that, not the worries of your body, and He will put His desires in your heart. nothing is impossible to our God!!

    • Heather

      Thank you for the comforting words & prayers, ladies!! I have read & re-read your comments many times over the last few weeks. I wish I could give each of you a hug & thank you personally, but this will have to do! :)


  • Oh yes, I said a prayer for you, Mirabelle. Hang in there!

    And thanks for the beautiful video, Autumn Dawn Leader. Such talent!

  • Oh how this struck home for me! My husband and I struggle with how to deal with my children’s unbelieving biological father on a regular basis. It’s tough. His tongue is deceitful and his lips lie. I just have to pray, and be patient, and trust in The Lord.

    Psalm 37 is where I often go when I’m feeling like I don’t know what to do with a situation.

  • Thank God for subscribing to this devotional!!! I am going through a lot and I am so grateful for God's word and the She reads truth family!!! :)

  • THIS! Oh this. I am really relating to the fact that evildoers prosper, and we often don't get to see justice in our lifetime. When I had a meltdown earlier this week I cried to God and said "I want justice!" I want so badly for those who hurt me to be hurt themselves by a fair judge- to get what they deserve and for me to see it. But, the person who wishes harm upon another (me) doesn't understand Grace and what they were saved from themselves. I don't think it is wrong to want justice where justice is due, but I do think it is wrong to dwell on that and not give it to the Lord, who is the final and fair judge. He has everything under control- I just have to worry about me. I should be extending Grace to them, wishing and hoping that they are saved from the penalties of their sin like I have been. Love thy enemy is easier said than done.

    Hope seems like such a vague word sometimes, but looking it up in the Greek helped. Elpis (hope) means "joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation." With hope there is joy and confidence. Good reminders!

    • Candacejo

      Emily this made me remember another devotion that said "When you lay down the burden of vengeance, God will pick it up!" I have gone through exactly what you are going through and it is so difficult to let it go but if we don't the bitterness will eat US up and we cannot afford that. You are right, you have to worry about YOU. The Bible also says that "God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9. And it is so much easier to lay our head on our pillow at night :) Praying for you!!

  • I hope I am doing this right, cuz it says day 2 and yet the study said today was day 3. Anyway I was playing catch up and just wrote The Lord a letter. He answered me. I still pray for my daughter to love her gay lifestyle and He said to be this "be prepared to experience joy like I've never experienced". We lost our son 2.5 years ago, and I know for the reason to bring her back. I am writing a blog in it, but am so behind. Anyway, it's good to be back to you ladies.

  • I was sitting here in my comfy chair trying to wake up and thinking about this morning’s devo. I had nuthin’. Then I went to you version’s verse for today and wow– have to share it:

    Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (Romans 8:35 NLT)

    No coincidences with The Lord!

    • jesusgirl71

      I saw that too and it was just what I needed. In the middle of the night I woke up. I had been reading in my daily bible reading in Deuteronomy about the curses that God would give the Israelites if they did not obey Him, and I had these thoughts bombarding me about how god doesn't really love me and how could He? I knew it was Satan, and I started to think about verses that expressed god's love. then I have been awash today in god showing me His love through every verse and devotional I have seen. isn't He just awesome? And after I went back to sleep and woke up, the first thing I saw was that verse of the day in Youversion!

  • jamie pate

    Looks like it is just me…I saw this plan in you version…but I cannot find it today.

    • Candacejo

      Have you figured it out yet Jamie? We want you to be a part of the group! You come here for the community and discussion, have you downloaded the youversion app?

  • jesusgirl71

    At first, I thought when I saw this, I realized I haven't really suffered actual persecution for Christ or because I am a believer. made me feel bad because maybe that means I'm not living as I should be. god help me. But, I have definitely had suffering in my life, and it gives me hope to know that it does develop endurance and perserverance. all the comments really spoke to me today, sisters. god bless!

  • Mirabelle

    My dear sisters,
    As I was reading this post today,I kept thinking of our financial situation ( my husband and I).I tried to divert my attention a little bit, to think of others who always reject the word God but honestly I couldn’t.Right now we are so financially messed up.I saw the word HOPE and CELEBRATION. It is so difficult for me to celebrate and I really want to for just being alive but when I think of our finances I just feel like crying.I know God is watching and He knows what we are going through.Please I would just like for others to pray for us,especially for us to draw closer to Him cause He said we can’t ask for bread and He gives us stone.

    • Sarah

      Praying for you, Mirabelle. He WILL provide.

    • Cathy

      Mirabella, I understand. My husband and I have been in similar situations all too often. But God faithfully saw us through it each and every one of them. And through the struggle, I have learned how trustworthy He truly is. I am so thankful for that.

      Matthew 6:25-34 has always been a favorite of mine. Perfect when financial stress is looming. I might also suggest that you begin to number your blessings. Write them down. Everyday. I have found that when my focus in on my problems, I completely miss the gifts God is giving me in the moment.

      He WILL see you through this. Learning to praise Him on the journey will give you peace. Praying for you. :)

    • Carolynmimi

      Praying for you, Mirabelle. Hope you have found a Christian financial counselor to help. Helped us.

    • kcallen09

      Mirabelle – I wanted to share with you a program I'm going through right now called Financial Peace University – have you heard of it? I'm engaged and will be getting married in October and my fiance & I are going through it now. This program is a faith-based approach to taking control of debt and finances. It is so much more life-giving that I could have imagined! This week we worked together to create our budget and will be stuffing envelopes with cash this weekend. This program has worked for so many, and as soon as I saw your comment about struggling financially I wanted to share FPU with you. Look into it, pray about it, and blessings over your finances!

  • Bridgette

    What really stood out to me was Hope. “Hope is our gift and it comes out of suffering,” I love this.

    Also, Psalm 120:1, that when I take my troubles to The Lord He hears little ole me and answers them! I have experienced this lately and it is amazing that my Savior hasn’t forgotten about me. He may not answer when or how I want but His timing is always perfect. This also reminds me that I am never alone.

    In my suffering my “hope” is that I cling to Him and hold tightly to His right hand and it guides me through the trial. Psalm 63:8.

    • Sarah

      I'm with you, Bridgette! My hope is in Him, not in anything this world has to offer. Because everything will fall short of His glory. And any price I pay here and now is far less than what He ultimately paid for me. And THAT puts a skip in my step today!

  • Save_By_Grace

    That word Hope is what i know i need work on when im in a situation that i really can't handle I pray to God that by his grace and mercy he will give me the strength and endurance to overcome any obstacle that distract me from what God really has plan for me.

  • Romans 5:3-5 resonated with me this morning. I will meditate on this verse, and hold HOPE :)

  • rachelheather

    Yesterday morning, tension with a roommate came to a head and she said a lot of very hurtful things to me. She's not a believer, so a lot of my friends encouraged me that this was just her being hateful and mean; my mom even implied that Satan was using her words to attack me during a stressful time at work and undermine the work I'm doing with my students.

    When I read Psalm 120 this morning, I at first found it very comforting. Yes, she has lying lips and a deceitful tongue! She hates peace and I am for peace! But at the same time I find myself feeling doubt. Isn't that self-righteous of me, to characterize my roommate as wicked and a tool of Satan? Is this even really an example of persecution, or was she right when she said I don't like her because she calls me out on things and this is just another example of that? But at the same time, most of what she said WAS untrue and unnecessarily harsh.

    I guess I'm just having a hard time figuring out what is truth in this situation and what I just want to be truth because it would make me feel better. Any ideas?

    • songmistress

      Pray. Ask God to show you the truth. He will, if you open your heart to see it; even if it is hard to see. I don't think you were being self-righteous… in that, the devil MAY, indeed, be using her to attack you. We wrestle not with flesh and blood, though… so, it's seeing the source of the nasty words, but not condemning your roommate who is an unbeliever and clueless that she is being used by the devil to harrass you. Take the matter to God in prayer. If there are areas where the "calling out" is something you DO need to deal with, well, the Holy Spirit will help you deal with that. But, don't allow more condemnation to come onto you. Don't receive it. Most of all, don't receive those harsh words. Go back to what God says, and allow those promises to fill your thinking and push out the harsh and untrue words.

      Praying for you.

    • Emily

      I feel ya, we just assume that everyone else is right. But this can get us in trouble, looking like a reed in the wind. It may take time but if you wait on The Lord there may be a time when you can talk to her about things she said and how unnecessary it was to be so mean as you would always be open to having a discussion about your (possible) shortcomings. Oh th reprocess of maturing is not an easy one. ;)

  • songmistress

    "God’s Word doesn’t toss out a lot of promises that, as Christians, our troubles are going to go away – that our enemies will come around and begin to see things from our perspective. It doesn’t promise that you won’t have times where you feel very, very, very alone in your convictions or that the “warrior’s sharp arrows” won’t sting and the “glowing coals” won’t burn."
    The way I have read the "warrior's sharp arrows" and "burning coals" is those things are God fighting against the lying tongues FOR us – with HIS (God's) arrows of truth (His promises) and the burning coals of "the broom tree", which speaks of God's comfort. The broom tree was/is often used for shade (so those coals are bad for the enemy but good for us). God's comfort, that good gift of hope, is a weapon in our battle with the enemy of our souls. So, although we don't have promises that the troubles will go away, we do have great and precious promises that help us in the midst of a hostile land, surrounded by enemies all around. Hallelujah!

    God ministered these things to me, as I meditated on Psalm 120, before we officially began The Songs of Ascent devotional, as I set out to set the Psalm to music (which I did, here:… ) In our distress, He answers and comforts – even in GREAT distress.

    The verses from Romans 5 hit me hard today. I will admit that I have always despised the saying that goes around "That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger." In fact, I think "despised" is a rather gross understatement. I don't think there is a word in the human language that describes my loathing of that particular saying. But, I was struck and taken aback at how dangerously closely Romans 5:3-4 resembles that saying. Ugh! Ack!! HELP ME, GOD! So, I cried out in prayer. I know, I have a tendency to crumble, to sit crying rocking in a corner just pleading with God to "make it stop!" or "take me home" ("too long have I lived…"), when I am experiencing various troubles (otherwise known as day to day life), but these verses are very convicting…God, help me not to run but to allow the development of endurance to take place in me! For endurance develops strength of character! And, oh, how I desperately NEED that. And having a strong character will strengthen my hope (and how I need hope in my battle with depression). Have Your way in me, Lord. I cry out in my distress!

    By the way, Songmistress = Autumn Dawn Leader. In case there was any confusion. I just recently noticed that sometimes I am logged into my WordPress account and my name comes up as "Songmistress", and when I'm not signed into WordPress (which I have recently moved my blog to), it just comes up with my name. Sorry for any confusion… but, it's all me, Sisters. :)

    • Becky

      Thanks for sharing the video. I love it!

    • Rhonda

      I agree with your assessment of Romans 5 and have the same reaction to that saying! Thought it was just me. Thank you for the vidio. Very moving. Brought tears to my eyes and stirred my soul :) as I have studied these psalms in the past I have always tried to imagine the melody. Never imagined anything so beautiful.

  • "Hope is our good gift – our reward – from our great and loving God. And it comes out of suffering."
    I didn't understand this fully until I experienced a period of huge suffering. God gave me these exact verses during that time. I love how you express it: "His hope is real. It is promised. It is proven. " This is true for my life, today!

  • Autumn Dawn Leader

    Psalm 120 As promised…here's the first of four (so far) Songs of Ascent recordings/videos. I'll post more later (just wanted to pop on and get this up, hope it blesses everyone). Got to get the kids ready for school now and the computer is running and at the speed of sloth.

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