Welcome back to the Womens Bible Cafe, where we’ll discuss our first week of Stepping Up Through the Psalms of Ascent by Beth Moore. As we read our first three Psalms this week, we imagined ourselves pilgrims on a journey with the Lord. While going uphill in our ascent, we know the enemy watches and will seek to block our path or cause us to stumble along the way. In your absolute posture of humility before God, as Beth suggests in the introduction, the Lord knows you’re giving your all to Him. “In God’s economy, the way up is down,” says Beth. Start your lesson in humility, end your lesson in singing praises to Him.
As Beth writes “the Psalms are ample in number and endless in application.” She goes on to say “part of making our ascent is learning to take the high road. The process can begin by voicing to God the pain you’ve suffered on the low road.” In audio Session One Beth warns “Don’t let someone bring you to the low road.” It might be a good experience for this next week to pay attention to our feet- which road are we on- and how did we get there. Pray specifically and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you if you are on a journey of ascent, or one of descent. Ask for guidance about your pilgrimage, and make sure you are in obedience to the Lord’s will.
We’re approaching the season of Lent, and if you are participating, a 40-day journey awaits you. Will you sing praise songs and voice your appreciation for the Son of God, or will you grumble about making a sacrifice? Will you boast about ashes on your forehead and your sacrifice, or will you boast about the Son who gave His life for your salvation. Pay attention to the words in your song, and let them be pleasing to the Lord. Put on your walking shoes, and journey on a pilgrimage of ascent, as you sing His songs.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm19:14 NIV
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Beth Moore Quotes
- Put your tired feet into the water of God’s Word.
- Humility is the natural posture for anyone who grasps the greatness of God.
- Sometimes we don’t know why we’re on a certain road with God until miles have made their way to the soles of our feet.
- God’s first priority is relationship, not just emergency response.
- As you study scripture, God is accomplishing something in you.
This Week’s Scripture Verse
Please memorize Psalm 121, write each verse on an index card and start memorizing it as Beth recommend on page 22 of your workbook.
For Next Week
- Read Week Two in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Two Audio or Session Two Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- How can emotions be avenues of worship instead of distractions? (page 16 )
- What connection do you see between taking an uncertain journey, and wanting a reminder that God is the maker of heaven and earth? (page 24 )
- Name a specific way God can help you that other people simply cannot. (page 27 )
- Share a special memory from this week’s lesson.