Pilgrimage and Promise

“A journey with Jesus through the Psalms of Ascents”

Rob Shimwell

ISBN: 9781912726721

208 Pages

Published Sep 2023

Christian Life

Paperback £12.99 Kindle £5.99
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What was going though Jesus’ mind as He approached Jerusalem for the last time?

The Psalms of Ascents (Psalms 120–134), sung by Jews down the ages on pilgrimages to the city, would surely have been uppermost. Shining a vivid light on His own journey to the cross, they also held promise for those who would believe in His name.

Taking each of the Psalms in turn, Pilgrimage and Promise explores their significance for Jesus and considers their meaning for us today. With devotional prayers and guided responses, we are encouraged to apply their promises to our own lives, and to follow daily after Jesus in His costly but joyful, and ultimately victorious, journey of ascent.

  • Rob’s love of the Psalms leaps off every page of this book in a way that draws us into the profound depth and richness of our Lord’s faithfulness and grace in every changing scene of life. This book is food for the soul.

    Rt Rev Mark Tanner, Bishop of Chester
  • This is a wonderful devotional book to take through these special Psalms of Ascents. I found it speaking to me personally all along the way, as will every reader who takes this journey upwards in the spiritual life. Join with Rob and enjoy the refreshment that these meditations bring.

    Dr Richard S. Hess, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Denver Seminary, Colorado
  • This is a truly encouraging treatment of the Psalms of Ascents, and provides plenty of useful material for Christian preachers and teachers as well as profound spiritual nourishment for pilgrims. Writing with a clear, accessible style, Rob Shimwell draws on his personal experience as a much-loved pastor to relate these Psalms on the one hand to the life of Jesus, and on the other hand to our struggles and joys as Jesus’ disciples. Like the psalmist, he combines realism about suffering, pain, questioning and temptation with abundant hope in a God of unfailing mercy and loving-kindness. He also shows how the longings of the psalmist are fulfilled in Jesus’ redeeming work, and makes illuminating connections between events in the Old Testament and the Gospels. I commend this book most warmly as a source of inspiration and guidance 'along the way'.

    Rt Rev James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle
  • Imaginative, warm, insightful – Rob Shimwell draws upon a lifetime of pastoral ministry in these clever expositions of the pilgrimage Psalms of Ascents, imagining them first on Jesus’ lips and then drawing them forward for us today. This is Bible exposition at its best. You will be informed, encouraged and drawn closer to Jesus through this book – read and be blessed!

    Rev Dr Steve Motyer, formerly New Testament lecturer, London School of Theology; Theology and Counselling Programme Leader

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