Psalms of Ascent_Psalm 120-121
Brian Sullivan   -  

Scripture Passage: Psalm 120-121


(120) Trouble – Confess: I’m in Trouble 

“California is on fire, riots in the streets, global pandemic, injustice revealed, divided nation, struggling economy. What else will it take? We can’t fix this stuff ourselves. At some point we should probably get desperate before God and cry out for mercy. Not panic prayers, but deep humility and repentance” – Jon Tyson

(121:1-2) Turn – Repentance: from managing self to following Jesus

“High places offered answers to problems, remedies for ills, protections, insurances, quick fixes of all sorts” Michael Wilcock

“Repentance is not an emotion. It is not feeling sorry for your sins. It is a decision. It is deciding that you have been wrong in supposing that you could manage your own life and be your own god; it is deciding that you were wrong in thinking that you had, or could get, the strength, education and training to make it on your own; it is deciding that you have been told a pack of lies about yourself and your neighbors and your world. And it is deciding that God in Jesus Christ is telling you the truth. Repentance is a realization that what God wants from you and what you want from God are not going to be achieved by doing the same old things, thinking the same old thoughts. Repentance is a decision to follow Jesus Christ and become his pilgrim in the path of peace.” – Eugene Peterson

(121:3-8) Trust – God Cares about your Eternal AND Everyday life