Songs of Ascents – Psalm 121

A Glimpse to the Hills (c) Aaron Collier
A Glimpse to the Hills - Psalm 121 (c) Aaron Collier

This week at Christ the King we are looking at Psalm 121 as part of our series on the Psalms of Ascents titled “Songs for the Sojourn.”

Listen to Pastor Steve Brown read Psalm 121

Listen to our Pastor Elliot Grudem preach on Psalm 121

Psalm 121 has been a revered text in the music-making of the church.

Here are two popular and very contrasting takes on Psalm 121.

Elijah, Opus. 70: Lift Thine Eyes to the Mountains (Mendelssohn)
mp3| sheetmusic

I Lift My Eyes Up (Brian Doerksen)
mp3 | leadsheet

Here are a few more versions that we have composed for our Psalms Grant.

Up to the Hills – choral
words: Isaac Watts
music: Adam Davidson, 2010

Upward I Lift My Eyes
mp3 | leadsheet

Upward I lift mine eyes,

From God is all my aid;

The God that built the skies,

And earth and nature made:

God is the tower

To which I fly;

His grace is nigh

In every hour.


My feet shall never slide

And fall in fatal snares,

Since God, my guard and guide,

Defends me from my fears:

Those wakeful eyes

That never sleep

Shall Isr’el keep,

When dangers rise.


No burning heats by day

Nor blasts of ev’ning air,

Shall take my health away,

If God be with me there:

Thou art my sun,

And thou my shade,

To guard my head

By night or noon.


Hast thou not giv’n thy word

To save my soul from death?

And I can trust my Lord

To keep my mortal breath:

I’ll go and come,

Nor fear to die,

Till from on high

Thou call me home.

words: Isaac Watts
music: Brian T Murphy, Bruce Benedict, 2010
(c) Cardiphonia Music, 2010

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