“I look to you, heaven-dwelling God, look up to you for help.” Psalm 123:1 (The Message Bible)
In The Message Bible, the heading for the 123rd chapter is “A Pilgrim Song,” not “A Pilgrim Song of David” as in chapters 122 and 124. With my inquiring mind, I wondered why Psalm 123 was not listed as David’s song, too, and found that David wrote only about one-half of the Psalms (songs). Another pilgrim in his or her faith journey wrote Psalm 123—a prayer with four short verses.
Each of the Psalms is written as a poetic prayer. Eugene Peterson, the author of “The Message” says, “The impulse to pray is deep within us, at the very center of our created being, and so practically anything will do to get us started—“Help” and “Thanks!”
So, as pilgrims, named or unnamed, we pray—looking to God for answers. I encourage you to read the Psalms as written in The Message, either on the GatewayBible.com websites, or pick up a copy, for a fresh new way to pray the Psalms.
Dear Lord, may I pause wherever I am, and in whatever I’m doing, to seek you in prayer. Amen.