Vincent Van Gogh, 'The Sower at Sunset' (1888), oil on canvas, 21 x 32 in, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands.
Vincent Van Gogh, 'The Sower at Sunset' (1888), oil on canvas, 21 x 32 in, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands.

On their way to the great Jewish fests in Jerusalem, the pilgrims that flowed from the towns and villages of Judea and Samaria would sing together, the hills echoing with their songs.

Fifteen psalms are identified in their ascriptions as "A Song of Ascents." This collection within the Book of Psalms is made up of the songs that these pilgrims sang together on their way to Holy City ascending the hills one by one until they reached Zion itself.

This series provides a daily meditation on each of these short but profound psalms. Each is longer than your standard "devotional." I'm trying to do justice to what the whole psalm says, rather than just lifting out an inspiring thought. But in the process of study, and then focusing in on the main theme of each psalm, I believe you will be enriched.

With each lesson I'm featuring a painting by Vincent Van Gogh. As you may know, I am a watercolor painter and love bold, brilliant color which was one of Van Gogh's trademarks in his later paintings. What I didn't know was that Van Gogh had been a deeply devout Christian. You can see his love for the land and the crops.

Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
Loomis, California
September 1, 2019

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