“Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in His ways.” – Psalm 128:1

As the Jewish people approached Jerusalem, they would sing this 9th song of Ascent. They start it by reminding themselves that God knows best and God’s way is best.

Trusting Him and doing things His way brings blessing upon your wife and children, and satisfaction in everything that you do.

The reason Israel needed these reminders is because there are so many examples of those who failed to do so in their history.

Tel Dan made me re-visit this principle anew.

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See, after Israel conquered the Promised Land under Joshua, God divided the land between the 12 tribes. The tribe of Dan was given the coastal plain by Joppa.

Beachfront property!

But they didn’t like it. There was a group of Amorites holed up in the Valley of Sharon who needed to be conquered. So, they took the easy way out. Instead of trusting God and doing the hard things, they went looking for a “better” place to settle down.

And as often happens when I disobey God to lean on my own understanding, Satan provided an attractive alternative. The City of Laish, a place where people lived the easy life.

They were Phoenicians, but they lived in such a remote area that they never had to answer to anyone.

So, the tribe of Dan wiped them out, took their city, and made it their home. Miles away from the land God gave them.

This dissatisfaction with God, and His plan for their lives, led to idolatry. So, when Jereboam rebelled against the king and set up his own kingdom, it wasn’t a hard sell for him to get Dan to buy into his new worship system.

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As a result, Jereboam set up two temples with golden calves where the northern tribes could worship “the Lord” instead of going to Jerusalem.

“And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.” – 1 Kings 12:30.

When the Assyrians conquered the northern kingdom, they burnt Dan to the ground. It became swallowed in a jungle, only to be recently discovered. Their city didn’t last.

Not only that, but Dan is 1 of 2 tribes not mentioned in Revelation 7 when it lists those that God will use to evangelize the world during the Tribulation period.

The other one? Ephraim. The location of the other golden calf.

“For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.” – Psalm 128:2

It’s been awesome for me to see how the Psalms of Ascent have coincided with my journey through Israel. I’m excited to trust my God and His ways more than I ever have. I’m determined to be grateful for all He does for me and all He plans for me.

Are you trusting Him and His plans for you?

Below are links to two videos I posted earlier on Facebook if you want to see everything in one place.

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