In the Old Testament times the Jews would pilgrimage to Jerusalem 3 times a year on their feast days (Deut. 16:16-17):
On the Feast of Unleavened Bread — this year on April 15
On the Feast of Weeks — this year on June 4
On the Feast of Tabernacles — this year on Oct 9
I can imagine that for many the trip was long and treacherous. But as they walked they sang songs. We have recorded for us in Psalms 120-135 the songs they sang. They are called Psalms of Ascents or Pilgrim Songs.
I have recently been quite captivated by this subject. As Martin Girard wrote in his article, Songs For Pilgrims Psalms Of Ascents, “In one sense we are like the Israelites of Old Testament times, for we are pilgrims. This earth is not our permanent home. We are “strangers and pilgrims” (1 Pet. 2:11) as we journey home to heaven, seeking “a city whose builder and maker is God” (Heb. 11:10).”
Since we are indeed pilgrims on this earth I think it would do us good to sing the Pilgrim songs as the Jews use to do. I don’t know if I will put Psalms 120-134 to song, but I am planning to memorize them. The chapters are all quite short so it shouldn’t be too hard. I invite you to do it along with me. Here is the first Song—in NASB.
Prayer for Deliverance from the Treacherous
In my trouble I cried to the Lord, And He answered me. 2 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, From a deceitful tongue. 3 What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, You deceitful tongue? 4 Sharp arrows of the warrior, With the burning coals of the broom tree.
5 Woe is me, for I sojourn in Meshech, For I dwell among the tents of Kedar! 6 Too long has my soul had its dwelling With those who hate peace. 7 I am for peace, but when I speak, They are for war.