And you might wonder why the Psalms of Ascent would begin with a song about trouble. 1) Call on the Lord in times of trouble. The one-hundred and twenty-first psalm has been one of my favorites for years. God can bridle their tongues. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. Pray for those who persecute you. It’s meant to drag you down. Words in boxes are from the Bible. lies and deceit)       – Proverbs 26:27; Jeremiah 9:8; James 3:6. No more! This teaching from Pastor Marc was the first of our series on the Psalms of Ascent, and was part of our Worship Guide for April 19, 2020. First of all, the Christian is uncomfortable living in the world. – Psalm 120:1-2 Passage: Psalm 120 & 121       – Matthew 5:9; John 14:27, 16:33; Romans 12:18, The Christian is uncomfortable living in the world. (See The Daily Study Bible, Psalms, Vol. Have you been too long apart from God? Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. We may be living on earth, but our citizenship is in heaven. Save me, O Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.” (Psalm 120:1-2). Let’s read Psalm 120 together: In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. Take it to the cross of Jesus and leave it up to God to handle. But that’s where prayer comes in. No, when they lie about you it’s meant to hurt you. They are also called Pilgrim Songs. Shalom is a beautiful word signifying not merely the absence of conflict but the presence of health and wholeness. These are stepping stones to God’s heart, and so we don’t just want to study them, but we want to learn them and then pray them back to God as he intended. They are short, easy to memorize, and meant to be sung in praise and worship to God. Well, that’s what the deceitful tongue gets in return. Deceit implies intent, and so these lies are not innocent mistakes but they are meant to hurt. Remember we said earlier that the word for deceit is related to the word for shooting an arrow? Once again, greater maturity in Christ brings greater consciousness of our own sin and God’s mercy in our lives. Psalm 120 will have the psalmist rising to the Lord. He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin.” (Psalm 64:3-8). Psalm 120 shows us the best way. Let burning coals fall upon them; may they be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, never to rise.” (Psalm 140:9–10) Hell is forever, and those who die outside of Christ will face God’s severe judgment for sin for all of eternity. Yom Kippur (also known as the Day of Atonement) and Rosh Hashanah (also known as the Feast of Trumpets or the Jewish New Year) both took place five and ten days before the fall feast, and so some people would travel early to celebrate these as well. The whole family would come for Passover while only the men were required to go up for the other two feasts. Many of us memorized it as children in Sunday School. There are fifteen of them, Psalms 120-134, and if you look in your Bible, you will notice that they all share this common inscription: “A song of ascents.” The word “ascents there is a word that means “steps” or “going up.”, One of the reasons they are called Psalms of Ascent is because these are psalms that were sung by Jews traveling to Jerusalem for the three annual feasts. Know that you do not belong to the world (5-7). ◄ Psalm 120:2 ► Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips and a deceitful tongue. Look at verses 3-4 where we read: “What will he do to you, and what more besides, O deceitful tongue? Psalm 121:1 A Song of degrees. And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore. But take heart! As we read in Psalm 140: “Let the heads of those who surround me be covered with the trouble their lips have caused. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. Sign In. Do you long for peace in the midst of this world? Call on the Lord in times of trouble (1-2), First of all, we learn that we should call on the Lord in times of trouble. Now you'll notice these psalms have a heading. 120:1–7) Summary of the Text. It means that we are pilgrims on a journey. Can’t you just hear it in Psalm 120? (Ps. We might call it poetic justice. But what it means here in Psalm 120 is that God’s judgment is appropriate to the offense and perfectly just. When God’s judgment comes, it comes suddenly, but it will not end quickly. We read in Luke 2:41-42: “Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. They begin with dissatisfaction and discontent. The broom tree is a tree about twelve-feet in height. Psalm 120. Deliver Me, O Lord The world is opposed to God’s people. And the fact that they are a warrior’s sharp arrows speaks of the skill and the accuracy of the one who draws the bow. And if you’re not homesick for heaven, then perhaps you need to consider whether heaven is truly your home. Dr. Philip W. McLarty. You are in great anguish because you don’t see any way out.       – Exodus 34:7; Psalm 64:3-8; 140:9-10; Romans 12:19. We learn from Psalm 120 that the appropriate judgment for sin is very severe, as pictured by a warrior’s sharp arrows and the burning coals of the broom tree. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. He is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and so we learn that all prayer must go through Jesus the Son of God. Commentary for Psalms 120 . Back to Sermon on Psalm 101-125. It is also certain and severe. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 120. www.easyenglish.bible. It's easier to go down than up, and never underestimate the difficulty of the climb Psalm chapter 120 is the first of 15 chapters called "the psalms of ascent". That’s why we read in Romans 12:19: “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19) It’s not your place to judge the sins of others. In the original Hebrew the words “on the Lord” come first in this verse and thus are emphasized. The Bible urges you as a Christian to pursue peace in every aspect of your life. God hears you when you pray, so cry out for him to save you. God hears you when you pray. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. The Psalms of Ascent | Stepping Stones to God’s Heart, “Praying in Times of Trouble” (Psalm 120), “I call on the Lord in my distress.” (Psalm 120:1), INTRODUCTION: Today is the first day of the New Year and between now and Easter we will be studying a special group of psalms in the Bible called the Psalms of Ascent. We must remember we are sojourners and exiles. What does Psalm 120 mean? Save me, LORD, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. I suspect it has been for you, as well. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:2). C. The Christian longs for peace in the midst of a hostile world We are to be in the world, but not of the world. The Christian also gets tired of living in the world. Hello and welcome to RayFowler.org. 121:1-8 HANG ON, HELP IS COMING!. Do you complain? Contributed by Rodney Johnson on Oct 30, 2020. Our culture is in free fall, moral decline, filled with injustice and sin. A. God’s judgment is appropriate and just He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom tree.” (Psalm 120:3-4) These verses tell us several things about God’s judgment. Psalm 120 begins the wonderful little collection in the back of the Psalms called the Psalms of Ascent. Don't have an account? And apart from God there may be no way out. The Psalmist is clearly distressed; he is surrounded by lying and deceitful tongues. Look at verses 1-2: “I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Sermon Psalm 100:1-5 A Matter of Gratitude. In the New Testament we get a fuller revelation of who the Lord is. Psalm 123:1 A Song of degrees. And the reason why is simple and yet at the same time so remarkable. God’s punishments are never too light, and they are never too harsh. December 13, 2020; In Remembrance of His Mercy. I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, It’s the same way for Christians living in the world. The word translated “distress” in Psalm 120:1 is a word that means “trouble, distress, or anguish, being closed in or confined.” In other words, trouble is closing in all around you. The Psalms begin here in Psalm 120 on a discordant note, and as Eugene Peterson said, this demonstrates the homesickness of those who have settled among strangers and aliens. It’s very painful. Too long have I lived among those who hate peace.” (Psalm 120:5-6), We often see the phrase “how long” in the Psalms but this is the only time we see the phrase “too long.” The psalmist says it’s been too long! 2) Know that God will punish the wicked. He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush. The word for “peace” in Psalm 120 is the Hebrew word shalom. He is tired of it all. And then finally, 3) Know that you do not belong to the world. 2) Know that God will punish the wicked. As Christians we are homesick for heaven. Jerusalem is located at about 2800 feet above sea level, and so no matter what direction you approach the city from, you are always going “up” to Jerusalem. You can watch the online worship service on Sunday morning together, or lead your own worship service using the home worship resources we provide. 1 I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. I. This is what you truly desire in your heart of hearts – to meet with God and to know the beauty of his presence. The world is a hostile place.       – John 15:19, 17:14-16. The history of the world can be told with its wars, and it is a long, sad history of fightings and conflict. This time let's turn in our Bibles to Psalm 120 to begin our Bible study this evening. We are currently encouraging small gatherings with Parish Groups, home groups, or several households for worship. Psalm 120 deals with a very familiar theme in the Psalms, and one which we face every day. Psalm 119 Psalm 120 Psalm 121. The Christian gets tired of living in the world. The Christian is uncomfortable living in the world Psalm 122:1 A Song of degrees of David. This world is a hostile place full of lies and war. One day this land will be returned to him but until th My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. Render honor to God. They are always appropriate to the offense and perfectly just. That’s what the psalmist says in verse 1: “I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.” (Psalm 120:1) That is astonishing. “I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.” (Psalm 120:1), (Prayer by Samuel Cox: “God of peace, grant me Thy peace as I worship in Thy presence; and let me find a bettered world when I come back to it, or, at least, bring a bettered and more patient heart to its duties and strifes.”). 5-7 I’m doomed to live in Meshech, cursed with a home in Kedar,My whole life lived camping among quarreling neighbors.I’m all for peace, but the minute I tell them so, they go to war! And so if the arrows in Psalm 120 speak of the suddenness of the judgment, the coals speak of the duration of the judgment. When in trouble, pray. That is why the world hates you.” (John 15:19), And even though we may not feel comfortable living in the world, this is exactly the place where God has chosen for us to live out our Christian faith in obedience to him and as a witness to others.       – John 4:24. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27). I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war.” (Psalm 120:5-7) And there are a number of things we can learn from these verses as believers in Christ. Click here for more messages from the book of, The difference between the 1st and 2nd commandments. And this causes him distress, discomfort. God’s judgment is appropriate and just. By Ray Fowler. If so, that’s what these Psalms of Ascent are all about. But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly they will be struck down. Jesus said in John 15:19: “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. and Johnny Hart, The Psalms of Ascent – Stepping Stones to God’s Heart, A Theology of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter. (5-7) 1-4 The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful tongue. Sermon on Psalm 120:1-7. And really, what could be more appropriate? "What shall be given unto thee? The Christian gets tired of living in the world They forged false charges against him. A. Cry out for him to save you (ex. As the old hymn puts it: This world is not my home; I’m just a passin’ through. 2, G. A. F. Knight, The St. Andrew Press, Edinburgh, p. 278). Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” (John 16:23-24). Psalm 18:6 The word translated “deceitful” here in verse two is a word that means “treacherous.” It is related to the word that means “to shoot an arrow.” These are nasty, cutting, wounding lies that damage your reputation and pierce like sharp arrows. And so I want you to know as we enter this New Year that whatever your trouble, God is there for you. Christ left his true home to come here to be among us. God has changed our hearts in Christ, and so we no longer desire the things of the world. Why not start the journey with a happy song? CONCLUSION: Psalm 120 is the psalm that starts us on our journey in the Psalms of Ascent. This is a psalm about trouble. Thanks for visiting! We are told that the coals in Psalm 120 are the coals of the broom tree. He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush. The word “save” here means “to deliver or rescue, to snatch away.” The psalmist is surrounded by liars and he asks God to deliver him. So let’s read this psalm together as we get started. Proverbs 26:27 says: “If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.” (Proverbs 26:27) In other words, a man reaps what he sows. Commentary on Psalm 120:1-4 (Read Psalm 120:1-4) The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful tongue. These verses in Psalm 120 are both a warning to the wicked and a reassurance to the righteous that God is just and that he will punish every sin. The people of Kedar lived to the south in the Arabian Desert. I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war.” (Psalm 120:6-7). But they are also called Psalms of Ascent because the psalms themselves have an upward motion. II. May every good man be delivered from lying lips. God’s judgment is certain and severe. He hears your every word. Nobody likes trouble, but God can use trouble to draw you closer to him. The psalmist cries out to the Lord, and the Lord answers him. In this distress, he sought God by fervent prayer. The arrows here speak of the suddenness of God’s judgment coming upon the wicked. It’s never that you’re a terrible person and they go around telling everyone how good you are, right? Or do you pray? Call on the Lord in times of trouble. That’s why Jesus said in John 16: “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Cry out to him. If you are new here, be sure to subscribe by email or feed reader so that you don't miss any future posts. The people of Meshech lived to the north by the Black Sea. Four Seasons Of Life Part 3 Series. As Jesus prayed in John 17: “I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. Feel free to hit the comments button on any post and join the discussion. Look at verses 5-7 where the psalmist writes: “Woe to me that I dwell in Meshech, that I live among the tents of Kedar! When a pilgrim left home to go up to the Temple, he was going to worship the God of truth. So when people attack you, love them and forgive them. It means that as followers of Christ we are in the world but not of the world. Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek, that I live among the tents of Kedar! ... Death and Life: Part Two. As a Christian you are called to be different from the world. The home worship service guide follows the same rhythms of that week’s live service. We read a similar word of judgment in Psalm 64: “They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows. And so the Psalms of Ascent begin with a call to prayer. In this world you will have trouble. It’s brief, concrete and straightforward; plus, it gives us specific direction as to what God would have us … We read in Jeremiah 9:8: “Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks with deceit.” (Jeremiah 9:8) And we read in James 3:6: “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body.” (James 3:6) And so we see that the tongue in Scripture is compared negatively to both arrows and fire. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. James 5:13 tells us plainly: “Is any one of you in trouble? We desire first and foremost to be with God and to meet with him. And although we should enjoy the good gifts God gives us in this life, we can never be fully comfortable living in a world that is opposed to God and God’s ways. What do you do when you are in trouble? For Meditation Psalm 120 begins the wonderful little collection in the back of the Psalms called the Psalms of Ascent. And in the midst of a hostile world, the Christian longs for peace. Sermon Psalm 121:1-8 Where Does Your Help Come From? In scripture the word serve is used … Gordon Churchyard. We are pilgrims on a journey, strangers in a strange land. (Read Psalm 120:1-7 and pray.). When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.” (Luke 2:41-42). What is the true nature of the non-Christians around us, and how do we deal with them? Our home is in another place. Psalm 121:1-8 Where Does Your Help Come From? Meshech and Kedar in Psalm 120 refer to peoples rather than places. or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? " My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” (Psalm 84:1-2) This is what you were made for. The second application is this: know that God will judge the wicked. Do you take it out on others? And so the tongue that is deceitful and has hurt others will itself be hurt. He was leaving behind the realm of men, the provenance of liars. Sing along to prerecorded music, bring a guitar, or sing unaccompanied! They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” (John 17:14-16), B. He then asks God to deliver him from the specific trouble that he faces, which in his case is lying lips and deceitful tongues. These 15 Psalms are traditionally thought to have been used by the people of God as they made their way up to the temple in Jerusalem to celebrate the feast each year. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. Psa. Jesus said in John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. Look at Psalm 120:6-7: “Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. What If We Already Lived Together Before Marriage? And we have learned three important applications from it this morning: 1) Call on the Lord in times of trouble. And so these are travel songs – full of beautiful imagery, meaningful expression and divine wisdom for the journey. When you pray, the God who created all things, the God who is bigger than the universe, hears you. Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the *Hebrew Bible. The Songs of Ascent are a special group of psalms comprising Psalms 120—134. So, the probability is that the Psalm was written at the time of the rebuilding of the temple and the city. 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