People think these were probably sung by pilgrims travelling to Jerusalem to the temple for one of the three big Jewish festivals each year. They touch on many issues that parallel our travels through life to our ultimate home with God forever.
Here's one we are thinking about this week on the theme of humility.
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.
1 Lord, my heart is not proud;
my eyes are not haughty.
I don’t concern myself with matters too great
or too awesome for me to grasp.
2 Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,
like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk.
Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.
3 O Israel, put your hope in the Lord--
now and always.