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Journey to Joy: The Psalms of Ascent (Moody)

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“True happiness comes from within.” At least that’s what our culture tells us while beating the drum of self-esteem as the route to real joy.

But what if this is wrong? What if true joy comes not from within, but from without? What if it comes from God himself?

Embedded in the Bible is a little-known guidebook to the lasting joy we long for: the Psalms of Ascent—a set of 15 Psalms that share honestly about the heights and the depths of life while celebrating the faithfulness of God.

Helping us to engage and explore Psalms 120–134, pastor Josh Moody offers practical counsel, perceptive insights, and personal experience as a fellow pilgrim on the joy-filled journey to the father heart of God.

Table of Contents:

  1. Peace (Psalm 120)
  2. Help (Psalm 121)
  3. Church (Psalm 122)
  4. Injustice (Psalm 123)
  5. Danger (Psalm 124)
  6. Security (Psalm 125)
  7. Laughter (Psalm 126)
  8. Beating the Daily Grind (Psalm 127)
  9. The Blessing of Family (Psalm 128)
  10. Finding Freedom from the Past (Psalm 129)
  11. Living Guilt Free (Psalm 130)
  12. The Humility of Greatness (Psalm 131)
  13. When You Think God’s Plans Might Fail (Psalm 132)
  14. The Secret of Teamwork (Psalm 133)
  15. The End of the Journey (Psalm 134)



Josh Moody (PhD, University of Cambridge) is senior pastor of College Church, Wheaton, Illinois, in the Chicago area. He is the author of several books, including The God-Centered Life and No Other Gospel, and blogs at



“John Calvin called the book of Psalms a ‘mirror of the soul.’ The psalmists want us to pray these poems as our own prayer to God. They thus help us articulate our heart to God and they minister to us by drawing us close to him. Josh Moody does a masterful job of leading us through the psalms of ascent in a way that touches and transforms our life.” — Tremper Longman, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College