I really like these short little Psalms. I’m sure you know that these were written as songs, and I can easily see these as songs that became popular to be sung not only in the temple, but as the people went about their days. Don’t you have some favorite songs or choruses from your church that you find yourself singing throughout the week? I know I do.
The headings in our translation for each of these chapters could be the titles of the songs. I’ll read them in order, from chapter 120 to 124. A Cry for Truth and Peace. The Lord Our Protector. A Prayer For Jerusalem. Looking For God’s Favor. And finally, The Lord Is on Our Side.
To be sure, when these were written, they were for much more than just singing at Temple. They were the cry of the writer’s heart, but in my imagination I can almost hear a man or a woman sing these to the Lord as they go about their day with the cares of the world weighing them down, or as they celebrate how God has blessed them in one endeavor or another. Can’t you?