– One line in the psalm ‘climbs’ on the line in front of it. This means that it repeats the line. Read the start of Psalm 124 for an example.
– There were 15 steps from where the women stood to where the men stood outside the temple. The temple was God's house in Jerusalem. As the men climbed the steps, they sang one psalm on each step. This is why most of the psalms for climbing are short.
– Jerusalem was on the top of a hill called ‘Zion.’ The Jews often went to Jerusalem to worship God at the temple. ‘Worship’ means ‘Tell God how wonderful that he is. And tell him that you love him.’ The Jews sang these psalms for climbing as they went up to Jerusalem.
– Hezekiah was a king of the Jews. He was so ill that he thought he would soon die. He prayed for a longer life. God made the clock ‘climb’ back 10 degrees. This was about an hour. It was a sign that Hezekiah would live another 15 years. Hezekiah made a book of 15 psalms, 10 of them new, the other 5 by David and Solomon. The story is in Isaiah chapter 38.
We do not know which of these is the true answer. It may be something else! Perhaps answers 3 and 4 are the true answers.
Who wrote the psalms for climbing? Some are by David, and one or two are by Solomon. Solomon was David's son. The other psalms for climbing may be by Hezekiah or one of his friends like Isaiah; or by Ezra or Nehemiah. Ezra and Nehemiah were leaders of the Jews 500 years after Solomon built the temple, or 250 years after Hezekiah was king. This was when the Jews made the Book of Psalms. The psalms for climbing were part of this Book of Psalms.
LORD, Give Me Peace
This is a song for climbing.
and he answered me.
And save me from a false
and what else will happen to you, you false tongue?
like wood that is burning.
with a home among the