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  • Writer's pictureAddison Crissone

Singing while you Wait

In Deuteronomy chapter 16, we find where God commanded the Isrealites to go to Jerusalem and to observe and keep the three Pilgrimage Festivals- the Passover, the Feast of Weeks, and the Festival of Booths. In verses 16 and 17, it says this:

"Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God at the place that he

will choose: at the feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Booths.

They shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. Every man shall

give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that He has given you."


As they traveled along the rocky road to the Jerusalem Temple, they sang songs, commonly known as Songs of Ascent or Pilgrim Songs.

In total, there are fifteen of these songs- all recorded in Psalms 120-134.

I can picture the men and women as they journeyed, whistling a tune, humming softly or even belting out the words of Worship, Praise, Thanksgiving and even Lament.

These songs were sung from the beginning of the journey, till they reached their destination.

They sang in the in-between, in the waiting as they faced the many hills and roads between where they were and where they were headed.

Maybe you, like the Isrealites, are in a time of traveling- where you are waiting on the promises of a future that you can't quite see and are waiting to reach your destination.

Maybe you feel stuck- wanting to run ahead and establish your future, but you can't get there right now.

But, maybe, God is asking you to Sing in the Waiting and trust him with the journey- and your future.

I know, waiting can be extremely difficult- especially when you are as impatient as I am.

Take a look at Psalm 130- titled "My soul waits for the Lord".

In verse 5 of this song, the Psalmist says,

"I wait for the Lord, my soul waits

and in his word I hope.

My soul waits for the Lord

More than watchmen for the morning."

The Isrealites did not sing on the hilltop or even once they reached their destination, but they sang on their way up.

Wait on the Lord, my Friend, and try singing while you wait.

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