2, G. A. F. Knight, The St. Andrew Press, Edinburgh, p. 278). Dr. Philip W. McLarty. Because as Christians we also are on a journey – not on a literal journey to Jerusalem, of course, but rather a spiritual journey, a pilgrimage of the heart. 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. The history of the world can be told with its wars, and it is a long, sad history of fightings and conflict. Can’t you just hear it in Psalm 120? In this distress, he sought God by fervent prayer. Jerusalem in the Bible represents the city of God, the place of the temple, the place where God chose to dwell and to meet with his people. Coals burn slowly and point to a judgment that lasts a long time. It’s very painful. Let’s read Psalm 120 together: In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. The Songs of Ascent are a special group of psalms comprising Psalms 120—134. Meshech and Kedar in Psalm 120 refer to peoples rather than places. Well, that’s what the deceitful tongue gets in return. Do you complain? CONCLUSION: Psalm 120 is the psalm that starts us on our journey in the Psalms of Ascent. Have you ever been lied about? Psalm 122:1 A Song of degrees of David. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. Please include the following statement on any distributed copies: – John 4:24. A person has to be thoroughly disgusted with the way things are to find the motivation to set out on the Christian way. ... Death and Life: Part Two. The Psalmist is clearly distressed; he is surrounded by lying and deceitful tongues. We don’t always feel at home here. May we see how this, which is the introductory psalm to those fourteen which follow, styled Songs of Degrees, hath a concern with our Lord Jesus Christ; and that David the son of Jesse was in many … It’s never that you’re a terrible person and they go around telling everyone how good you are, right? As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. 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. Christ left his true home to come here to be among us. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. One likely occasion for the composition of this psalm is David’s recollection of the lies of Doeg the Edomite. Psalm 100 ranks second only to the 23rd Psalm in popularity. (5-7) 1-4 The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful tongue. And we have learned three important applications from it this morning: 1) Call on the Lord in times of trouble. my distress. Website: http://www.rayfowler.org. And then finally, 3) Know that you do not belong to the world. The Christian gets tired of living in the world. No, when they lie about you it’s meant to hurt you. Know that God will judge the wicked (3-4). Words in boxes are from the Bible. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. They are also called Pilgrim Songs. When in trouble, pray. It hurts, doesn’t it? In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue. As Christians we are homesick for heaven. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. 121:1-8 HANG ON, HELP IS COMING!. But take heart! 3-4 Do you know what’s next, can you see what’s coming, all you barefaced liars?Pointed arrows and burning coals will be your reward. 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. Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek, that I live among the tents of Kedar! What will he do to you, and what more besides, you deceitful tongue? Psalm 120 shows us the best way. Our culture is in free fall, moral decline, filled with injustice and sin. (see Exodus 3:14-16; Deuteronomy 16:16 for descriptions of the three feasts), Of course, the big one of all these feasts was the Passover. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. A. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 120. www.easyenglish.bible. Psalm 123:1 A Song of degrees. But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly they will be struck down. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. Take it to the cross of Jesus and leave it up to God to handle. (1-4) He complains of wicked neighbours. – Exodus 34:7; Psalm 64:3-8; 140:9-10; Romans 12:19. This is a journey that begins with our conversion, that ends with heaven, and in between we follow every day and every week of our lives. – John 16:23-24; James 5:13. or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? " The singer is far from Jerusalem, distant from God in a far away land. A warrior’s sharp arrows, with glowing coals of the broom tree! Sermon Psalm 121:1-8 Where Does Your Help Come From? Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the *Hebrew Bible. Psalm 120: God’s presence during distress Psalm 121: Joyful praise to the Lord Psalm 122: Prayer for Jerusalem Psalm 123: Patience for God’s mercy Psalm 124: Help comes from the Lord Psalm 125: Prayer for God’s blessing upon His people Psalm 126: The Lord has done great things Psalm 127: God’s blessing on man’s efforts Once again, greater maturity in Christ brings greater consciousness of our own sin and God’s mercy in our lives. The psalmist is a person of peace, longing for peace, living among those who hate peace. And really, what could be more appropriate? Have you ever gone on a road trip and put together a play list or mix of songs for the journey? So Psalm 120 starts our journey by teaching us about how we should respond to God in times of trouble. 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. We’ve created parts for band and orchestral instruments, so you can play along to some of our worship songs. The one-hundred and twenty-first psalm has been one of my favorites for years. Which is exactly what the psalmist does in verse 2: “Save me, O Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.” (Psalm 120:2) The psalmist began by stating a general fact – he calls on the Lord in times of trouble, and the Lord answers him. And not just prayer during the good times. Psalm 120 A song of ascents. This psalm teaches us to express our frustration and anger and sadness to God and to look to him as the one who gives us hope and strength for the journey. It's one of a collection called "Songs of Ascents". 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. If so, that’s what these Psalms of Ascent are all about. God’s judgment is appropriate and just. We read in Luke 2:41-42: “Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. B. And so as we read the Psalms of Ascent today, they hold great meaning for us as well. I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Yes, in this world you will have trouble, but remember Psalm 120 teaches you to call on the Lord in times of trouble. I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. The psalmist describes what we are in today in a place that endeavors to be without God. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. In fact the starting point for our journey to God is always discontent with this world and what it has to offer. And in the midst of a hostile world, the Christian longs for peace. What If We Already Lived Together Before Marriage? God’s judgment is appropriate and just. So, the probability is that the Psalm was written at the time of the rebuilding of the temple and the city. We might call it poetic justice. The broom tree is a tree about twelve-feet in height. You are in great anguish because you don’t see any way out. Know that God will punish the wicked. Notice that the first thing he does is to call out to the Lord for help. 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. Sermons on Psalm 121 Select one: A Pilgrim's Journey (Psalms 120:1-7)(Psalms 121:1-8)(Psalms 122:1-9) My Help Comes From the Lord (Psalms 121:1-8) See all sermons on Psalms What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, you deceitful tongue? This time let's turn in our Bibles to Psalm 120 to begin our Bible study this evening. You are in great anguish because you don’t see any way out. Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. "Serve the Lord with gladness" (Psa. and Johnny Hart, The Psalms of Ascent – Stepping Stones to God’s Heart, A Theology of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter. – Psalm 120:1-2 Passage: Psalm 120 & 121 – Psalm 42:2; Philippians 3:20, The Christian is not only uncomfortable living in the world. As Jesus said in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. God hears you when you pray Why not start the journey with a happy song? Psalm 18:6 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". Thanks for visiting! RayFowler.org is a place to discuss various issues relating to God and life. And we must become fed up and dissatisfied with the world around us as it is if we are to be people who long for a better world that is to come. We are told that the coals in Psalm 120 are the coals of the broom tree. It means that we are pilgrims on a journey. This collection includes Psalm 120 - 134 -- fifteen in all. 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. 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. Psalm 120 begins the wonderful little collection in the back of the Psalms called the Psalms of Ascent. Commentary for Psalms 120 . 120:1–7) Summary of the Text. First of all, the Christian is uncomfortable living in the world. Psalm 120 especially focuses on prayer during the bad times. Back to Sermon on Psalm. “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.”). They begin with dissatisfaction and discontent. He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin.” (Psalm 64:3-8). We are pilgrims on a journey, strangers in a strange land. (See The Daily Study Bible, Psalms, Vol. Find the parts here. Psalm 121:1 A Song of degrees. Jesus would have sung these songs with his family as they made their way up to Jerusalem each year for the Passover. The psalm, "A song of degrees." 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. But Christ brings truth and peace. It is hostile to believers, and its people are hostile to each other. Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue. No one ever tells any good lies about you, do they? What do you do when you are in trouble? There is no way to meet with God apart from prayer. Return to the Main Player. And apart from God there may be no way out. As we read in Psalm 140: “Let the heads of those who surround me be covered with the trouble their lips have caused. Four Seasons Of Life Part 3 Series. We may be living on earth, but our citizenship is in heaven. God has changed our hearts in Christ, and so we no longer desire the things of the world. Can you relate to these verses in Psalm 120? Jesus said in John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. 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. Deceit implies intent, and so these lies are not innocent mistakes but they are meant to hurt. May every good man be delivered from lying lips. Arrows and fire: a warrior’s sharp arrows and the burning coals of the broom tree. Psalm 120 is the first of fifteen Psalms of ascent (Psalm 120 to Psalm 134). Exodus 34:7 says: “God does not leave the guilty unpunished.” (Exodus 34:7) And that means when you are attacked by others, you do not need to attack back. C. The Christian longs for peace in the midst of a hostile world And so the Psalms of Ascent begin with a call to prayer. And so that’s our first application from this Psalm. As Christians we don’t belong here. God can bridle their tongues. Intro: The superscription to this Psalm tells us that it is a "Song of Degrees." He hears your every word. We read a similar word of judgment in Psalm 64: “They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows. © Ray Fowler. The world has no place for God or Christ, and therefore as a follower of Christ you are going to feel out of place in this world. Contributed by Rodney Johnson on Oct 30, 2020. And so the psalmist is surrounded by people who do not care about God or God’s ways. The Bible urges you as a Christian to pursue peace in every aspect of your life. By Ray Fowler. So when people attack you, love them and forgive them. Gordon Churchyard. May every good man be delivered from … Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27). He is tired of it all. An enemy took the low road, but the psalmist sought the high road, by not taking personal vengeance or repaying evil with evil, but Save me, LORD, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. Commentary on Psalm 120:1-4 (Read Psalm 120:1-4) The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful tongue. Psalm 120. Jesus said in John 15:19: “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. He is ready to begin his journey to go and meet with God. 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! Click here for more messages from the Psalms of Ascent Series. As we work our way through these psalms and all that they teach us about our relationship with God, you will see that the Psalms of Ascent really serve as stepping stones along the way. Save me, O Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.” (Psalm 120:1-2). 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. When God’s judgment comes, it comes suddenly, but it will not end quickly. Treasure Them Up. And you might wonder why the Psalms of Ascent would begin with a song about trouble. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.” (Luke 2:41-42). The Christian also gets tired of 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 Christian is uncomfortable living in the world The people of Meshech lived to the north by the Black Sea. Psalm 122: Passion,… Recent Sermons. 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. Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. 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! It’s brief, concrete and straightforward; plus, it gives us specific direction as to what God would have us … Click here to return to the Sermons page. The home worship service guide follows the same rhythms of that week’s live service. 1 I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. God hears you when you pray, so cry out for him to save you. 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. “Woe to me that I dwell in Meshech, that I live among the tents of Kedar!” (Psalm 120:5). Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9) Romans 12:18 tells you: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18). As the old hymn puts it: This world is not my home; I’m just a passin’ through. In the original Hebrew the words “on the Lord” come first in this verse and thus are emphasized. When a pilgrim left home to go up to the Temple, he was going to worship the God of truth. We started way back in Psalm 120 where the main concern for the psalmist was dwelling with evil men and their sin. In scripture the word serve is used … The word for “peace” in Psalm 120 is the Hebrew word shalom. But they are also called Psalms of Ascent because the psalms themselves have an upward motion. For Meditation Psalm 120 begins the wonderful little collection in the back of the Psalms called the Psalms of Ascent. And according to Psalm 120 what is the punishment for a deceitful tongue? He is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and so we learn that all prayer must go through Jesus the Son of God. James 5:13 tells us plainly: “Is any one of you in trouble? One day this land will be returned to him but until th So let’s read this psalm together as we get started. The world is opposed to God’s people. "What shall be given unto thee? The Christian gets tired of living in the world Call on the Lord in times of trouble. We will also provide resources to lead a Bible study as an alternative to watching the sermon. The Psalms of Ascent are all about going to meet with God, to worship him in the beauty of his presence. He obtained a gracious answer to this prayer. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:2). This Psalm reminds us that the reason we are pilgrims is because the world in its present state is not our home. Psalm 119 Psalm 120 Psalm 121. What does Psalm 120 mean? Do you long for true peace in your life? He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush. Do you long for peace in the midst of this world? It is also certain and severe. You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this message provided that you do not alter the wording in any way and that you do not charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction. We read in Psalm 84: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! Psalm 120 will have the psalmist rising to the Lord. But what it means here in Psalm 120 is that God’s judgment is appropriate to the offense and perfectly just. 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. Don't have an account? 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. 2) Know that God will punish the wicked. It’s the same way for Christians living in the world. II. Rulership and Responsibility for Creation, A Final Easter Cartoon from B.C. 3) Know that you do not belong to the world. As a Christian you are called to be different from the world. In this world you will have trouble. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, God hears you when you pray. This section, beginning with Psalm 120 and stretching through Psalm 134, is joined under that idea reflected in its name — “to ascend.” It means to step up or come out, and in the wider context of the psalter, these psalms envision the day when Israel comes out of their foreign exile. And this causes him distress, discomfort. We don’t always fit. Everyone cries out when they are in trouble. His attitude is the same as that of the psalmist in Psalm 42: “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. – Matthew 5:9; John 14:27, 16:33; Romans 12:18, The Christian is uncomfortable living in the world. Do you worry? And so if the arrows in Psalm 120 speak of the suddenness of the judgment, the coals speak of the duration of the judgment. Sermon Psalm 100:1-5 A Matter of Gratitude. You can watch the online worship service on Sunday morning together, or lead your own worship service using the home worship resources we provide. The psalmist cries out to the Lord, and the Lord answers him. Cry out for him to save you (ex. We are to be in the world, but not of the world. Hello and welcome to RayFowler.org. What is the true nature of the non-Christians around us, and how do we deal with them? Look at Psalm 120:6-7: “Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. In the New Testament we get a fuller revelation of who the Lord is. This is what you have been looking for all your life. Talk to him. 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. For any web postings, please link to the sermon directly at this website. Sing along to prerecorded music, bring a guitar, or sing unaccompanied! And apart from God there may be no way out. 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. A song of ascents. Or do you pray? Have you been too long apart from God? Shalom is a beautiful word signifying not merely the absence of conflict but the presence of health and wholeness. They are short, easy to memorize, and meant to be sung in praise and worship to God. I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war.” (Psalm 120:6-7). They shoot from ambush at the innocent man; they shoot at him suddenly, without fear…. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” (John 16:23-24). The second application is this: know that God will judge the wicked. That’s what the Psalms of Ascent are. I. It’s meant to drag you down. 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