Backpack Vacuums and Heavy Loads

Blog_823My latest job involves cleaning a three-story building in the evenings. This job keeps me exercising, as I use a vacuum strapped to my back. As I climb the stairs, up and down, my heart rate increases with the additional fifteen pounds stuck to my back. Climbing the stairs without this weight is definitely easier and less burdensome, but, not quite as helpful for cleaning. 🙂

Right now we are reading through the Psalms of Ascent. This special set of psalms is grouped together for a unique purpose. You see, the city of Jerusalem is situated on a high hill. As Jews traveled to Jerusalem for various festivals, they sang these songs on the “ascent,” or the uphill road to the city. Here is a comprehensive list of the Psalms of Ascent:

Psalm 120: God’s presence during distress

Psalm 121: Joyful praise to God

Psalm 122: Prayer for Jerusalem

Psalm 123: Patience for God’s Mercy

Psalm 124: Help comes from the Lord

Psalm 125: A prayer for God’s blessing

Psalm 126: God has done great things

Psalm 127: God’s blessing on man’s efforts

Psalm 128: Joy for those who follow His ways

Psalm 129: A cry for help

Psalm 130: A prayer of repentance

Psalm 131: Surrender as a child of God

Psalm 132: God’s sovereign plan for his people

Psalm 133: Praise of brotherly fellowship and unit

Psalm 134: Praise to God in the temple

I was struck by Psalm 130 this week.

I relate to crying out to God for mercy.

I appreciate that God does not keep a record of my sins; oh, how thankful I am for this gift!

“I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope.” ~Psalm 130:5

Like my backpack vacuum that adds weight to my ascent up the stairs, do you and I have weights that add stress to our lives? Are we carrying unneeded, heavy loads on our backs?

As we enter into God’s presence today, take a moment to cry out to God with your burdens. Ask for forgiveness. Wait on Him. Then take off the weighty backpack that is adding loads of stress to your life and lay it at his feet.

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