Shortly after our first daughter was born, we put Psalm 133 to music - and that was the beginning of this journey. There is a spiritual depth to Jerusalem that sets it apart from every other city in the world. As we walked it's ancient streets and met it's many faces, we began to understand why David's heart was drawn to this city. As our hearts grew closer to this holy place, these Psalms began to take on a more significant meaning. We continued setting the Psalms to music, at the same time realizing the importance of singing them in the original language.
The Psalms of Ascent are a very special group of Psalms that are chanted every sabbath among some orthodox Jews. These songs were likely sung on the road to Jerusalem for the three pilgrimage festivals; Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot. In addition these songs were sung on the 15 steps that lead into the Temple. The songs begin in 120, where a peace loving poet finds himself in a foreign land surrounded by war loving neighbors. In the final song, Psalm 134, the traveler reaches the climax of his long journey and makes a call to bless HaShem in His holy Temple of Jerusalem. The ascent to the courts of HaShem, though full of unseen trials, is a journey where the greatest reward is found in the awesome presence of the "Maker of heaven and earth." We hope these Psalms of Ascent will truly cause your hearts to ascend as you worship the holy one of Israel. Blessed be His Name forever!
Let's go up!
Ben Tzion (Brayden) and Tali Waller
בן ציון וטלי וולר