The Psalms of Ascents begins in Psalm 120 with a cry of desperation. The psalmist is in distress and calls on the Lord to save him because he has found himself among the tents of Kedar, Ishmael’s descendants. He is not with his people but in a place of exile among evil people. How often do we find ourselves in need of rescue because of our own sins or the sins of those around us? Just like the psalmist needs a savior to rescue him, so we need to be rescued from ourselves and the evil in this world. Who do we turn to when we are overwhelmed with burdens and our situation? Use this psalm to prompt your prayer time today as you cry out to the Lord with what distresses you.