Our reading today is three Songs of Ascents. We begin with Psalm 125. It speaks of God’s protection of His people. Those who trust in Him are likened to Mount Zion, which is eternally immovable (125:1). This is ultimately the church. We, the spiritual Jerusalem, are forever protected by God like the physical Jerusalem is protected by the surrounding mountains (v. 2). God will keep wickedness from reigning among us (v. 3). He will do only good to those He has made righteous (v. 4). The wicked will be punished, but peace is upon the spiritual Israel (v. 5).
Psalm 128 is an encouragement to fear YHWH. Those Who fear Him and obey Him are blessed (128:1, 4). We will be blessed in what we do (v. 2) and our families will be a blessing (v. 3). The Psalmist prays blessings on those who fear God, in particular, the prosperity of Jerusalem (v. 5). Here, Zion and Jerusalem are ultimately fulfilled in the church. We again see that peace is upon the spiritual Israel.
Psalm 134 is the final Song of Ascents in the Psalter. It is a simple song that calls for God’s people to bless Him as they worship in His presence (134:1-2), and for God to bless His people (v. 3).