Praying the Psalms of Ascent | 15 Steps of Praise | Psalms 120 – 134

Image result for psalms of ascentsStep One: Plea for Relief from Bitter Foes (Psalm 120)

Father, we thank You that in our distress, You hear our cry and will deliver us from lying and deceitful tongues. Thank You Father that You will expose the true from the false, and our enemies will not prevail against us. Thank You Father, that when our ways please You, then you will even make our enemies to be at peace with us, and we give You the Praise and Glory for it all, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Step Two: God the Help of Those Who Seek Him (Psalm 121)

Thank You Father that we can lift our eyes towards You who dwells in the heavens. Thank You Father that your are our Creator and our Helper. Thank You Father that because You never sleep that we will not stumble, because You are our Keeper, You are the Shade at our right hand.

Thank You Father, that we will not be harmed by the sun by day and the moon by night. Thank You Father that You shall preserve our souls, that You protected us by Your might hand, and will watch over us as we come and go from this day forward in Jesus’ Name, Amen …

Step Three: The Joy of Going to the House of the Lord (Psalm 122)

Teach us Father to follow Your servant David’s example when he said: “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us God into the house of the Lord.'” Thank You Father, that we in the Body of Christ are like a city being built up together, where we can come into Your Holy Presence as they came together at Jerusalem in the days of old.

Father, because we are like a that is being built up in spiritual Jerusalem that we will not only seek and pray for the peace of Jerusalem in the physical, but in the spiritual as well. We speak peace and prosperity within the Nation of Israel, and we speak peace within her borders and those neighboring countries that surround Jerusalem.

For the sake of our friends and companions, we say, “Peace be within you.” We thank You Father that we can say to one another in freedom of speech … “Peace be to you, your families and your nations in Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

Step Four: Prayer for Release from Contempt (Psalm 123)

Father, we thank you that we can one more time lift up our eyes to You, the Maker and Creator of the heavens and the earth. Father, we come to say, “Thank You for Your Mercy and Grace You afford us day in and day out. Forgive us Father, we pray, when we have taken the very air that we breathe for granted, because if it wasn’t for Your Spirit breath there to meet, we would not be a living, breathing vessel who exists upon the earth today.

So, Father, we say “Thank You” for being with us today by affording us by Your Mercy and Grace to say one more time, “Thank You,” in Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

Step Five: The Lord the Defense of His People (Psalm 124)

Hallelujah Father, we thank You for been our Helper and our Defender, and since You are for us, who is there that can be against us! Thank You Father that even when our enemies attempts to surround us, You make a way of escape for us. Thank You Father that in Your Name, we can say, our help comes the Lord who made heaven and earth, and for this we will not fail to give you the praise and the glory, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Step Six: The Lord the Strength of His People (Psalm 125)

Father, we thank You that when we place our trust in You that You will never leave or forsake us. Thank You Lord for being the Shield of Faith that surrounds us when our enemies come against us. Thank You Father that we can and will walk in safety, because Your Spirit is there with us to guide us and lead us in the way we should go.

Thank You Father that You will do good to those who do good and the wicked shall not prosper in their ways against us as Your children. Thank You Father that You will uphold us with Your right, and no weapon that is formed against will prosper in the Name of Jesus we pray, and one more time say peace, and only perfect peace will dwell within the Gates of Jerusalem, Amen.

Step Seven: A Joyful Return to Zion (Psalm 126)

Father, we thank You that You freed us from being held captives and gave us the gift of Your free grace through faith in Christ Jesus. Thank You Father that for every tear that was sown, joy comes in the morning. Thank You Father, that You are there to meet us in our midnight hour, and will make a way of escape for us.

Thank You Father we do have every reason to rejoice, because the Lord is with us right now, and for this we will not fail to give You the praise and glory, in Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

Step Eight: Laboring and Prospering with the Lord (Psalm 127)

Thank You Father that You are the builder our houses, our homes, our towns, our cities, our neighborhoods and our nations. Thank for Father that our sleep is peaceful, because we choose to put You first in our lives by the power of Your Holy Spirit.

Thank You Father that when we obey Your words that all will be well with us and our households, and we shall surely dwell in the land of the living for Your eternal glory. Thank You Father that we and our families will increase and multiply simply because we choose to do things Your way.

And thank You Father how for showing us that anything we do without You is a waste of time. So Father, we ask You to show us the way in which we should go in the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

Step Nine: Blessings of Those Who Fear the Lord (Psalm 128)

Father we thank You that as a people who reverently fear You as our God that it is a good thing to remain humble before, because You are our Creator and we are the created. Thank You Father that we shall see the fruit of our labor by serving You with our hands. Thank You Father that all will be well with us, because we want to serve You in spirit and in truth all the days of our lives.

Thank You Father that all will be well with us and our household members both present and future, because our desire is to live and obey Your word so that all will be well with us. Thank You for blessing us Father with Your love. Thank You Father that we will see generations to come and may those who love Your holy city of Zion be blessed in their comings out and their goings in from this time forth even forevermore.

Peace be within in you, O Jerusalem both spiritually and physically we pray, in Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Step Ten: Song of Victory over Zion’s Enemies (Psalm 129)

Father we thank YOu that Your promise is that the gates of hell will not prevail against us. Father, we thank You that righteousness, peace and joy is in the Holy Spirit and that we need not fret or be anxious about anything. Father, we thank You that we can present our petitions unto You, because You said You will hear our prayer.

Father we thank You that our victory is through Christ Jesus our Lord and in His Name we have the authority to trample upon our enemies because all power belongs to you. Father, we thank You for blessing us, and help us in turn to bless and speak blessings upon others, in Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

Step Eleven: Waiting for the Redemption of the Lord (Psalm 130)

Lord, we thank You for the Blood of Jesus that redeems and sanctifies us. Lord if it wasn’t for Your Mercy and Grace, we do not know where we would be today. Father, if You were to mark iniquity, there would not be one person left standing. Father help us to forgive our enemies, so that in forgiving, we shall be forgiven.

Thank You Father, that as we wait on You, we will acknowledge You are our source and strength. We will acknowledge that our hope is in You alone. Thank You Father that You will redeem both physical and spiritual Israel by being their to meet our every need.

Thank You Father that with You there is abundant life and that our Redemption comes through the precious Blood of Jesus, and that not one drop of His Blood has been wasted on any soul who chooses to come to You through Your Son Jesus. Thank You Father that it is only because of the Blood of Jesus, we have been redeemed from our iniquities and for this we will not fail to give You the praise and glory, in Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

Step Twelve: Simple Trust in the Lord (Psalm 131)

Father, in the Name of Jesus, by the power of His Blood and according to Your Living Word, we ask You to search deep within our hearts to examine every motive or thought that may come into our minds. Ideas are good Father, but if they are not God ideas then we are wasting precious time with things that are not our portion.

Calm and quiet our souls, O God, that we may experience the Your peace and calm which enables us to be still before You. Help us, O God to draw near to You just because of who You are. Because we choose to place our hope and trust in You, You shall keep in perfect peace when our minds are stayed upon You, and for this we will not fail to give You the praise and glory, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Step Thirteen: The Eternal Dwelling of God in Zion (Psalm 132)

Father, we praise and worship You, and we ask You to remember us in Your goodness and mercy, O Lord, as a people who walk upright before You only because of who we are in Christ Jesus. Father, we desire that our houses become a house of prayer, praise and worship that You may be exalted on the earth as You are in heaven.

Help us, O God, to be those living sacrifices which are holy and acceptable in Your sight which is our reasonable worship of service to honor You for who You are. Father, help us by Your Spirit to be renewed in the spirits of our minds, by which we will not be conformed to the dictates of this world, so we may prove what Your acceptable will is for us.

Father, we also pray that we remember that since Christ so willingly shed His blood for us, we are no longer our own, because our houses have now become the temple of the Holy Spirit, and since we are sealed by Your Spirit through the blood of Jesus, You own us.

Help us to place our trust in You, and rest in the fact knowing Your grace is more than sufficient for us. Thank You Father that You have prepared a Lamp for us as Your people, because it is by Your Spirit that we have been anointed and appointed for such a time as this.

Thank You Father that our enemies will not have the victory overs and when all has been said and done, You will put our enemies to shame, but You will cause us as Your people to flourish in Your courts, in Your House, O God, and for this we will not fail to give You the praise and the glory, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Step Fourteen: Blessed Unity of the People of God (Psalm 133)

Father, we thank You that it is good and it is a pleasure to be in Your House when the brethren come to dwell together in the unity of the faith. Father, when we, as Your people come together with one mind and one accord to pray, praise and to worship You, the anointing flows like a river from the mountaintop down into deepest parts of the valley.

Thank You God that it is in Your presence where we will hear a Word of exhortation, encouragement or a Word of Revelation which comes to help and strengthen us as Your people for the days that are ahead. And Father, we thank You for another glorious and golden opportunity to come into Your House by the Freedom of Your Spirit.

Thank You Father for the privilege to serve You and to honor You for who You are. Thank You that when we come together as one Man’s child, we are ministering to You. Help us to see and understand that when we become one in the unity of the faith before You that it fills Your heart with joy, and in return you bless us yet again by Your presence, and for this we will not fail to give You the praise and the glory, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Step Fifteen: Praising the Lord in the House at Night (Psalm 135)

Servants of the Most High God, let us come together to bless the Lord in His House united in heart, soul, body, will, emotionally and spiritually to praise and worship our God to give Him all the glory and honor due His Holy Name. Let us lift up our hands in the sanctuary and bless Him for blessing us with His presence.

So, Father, we thank You and give you all the glory and honor that is due You because You are God all by yourself. Father, we thank You for being the One and Only, True and Living God who is full of mercy and goodness. Thank You Father that with Your help we will succeed in all that Your purpose or had in mind for us to accomplish on this earth.

Thank You Father, that Your Kingdom will come, and Your will, will be done on earth as it is in heaven. And thank You Father that the kingdoms of this world will become Your Kingdom and the Kingdom of Your Christ, and for this we will praise and worship You for all eternity, in Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

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