Feel free to hit the comments button on any post and join the discussion. (See The Daily Study Bible, Psalms, Vol. But they are also called Psalms of Ascent because the psalms themselves have an upward motion. The world is opposed to God’s truth. What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, you deceitful tongue? Sermon on Psalm 120:1-7. Rulership and Responsibility for Creation, A Final Easter Cartoon from B.C. And so as we read the Psalms of Ascent today, they hold great meaning for us as well. They forged false charges against him. As Jesus said in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. The home worship service guide follows the same rhythms of that week’s live service. Sermon Psalm 100:1-5 A Matter of Gratitude. When a pilgrim left home to go up to the Temple, he was going to worship the God of truth. 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. The notes explain some of the words with a *star by them. And so I want you to know as we enter this New Year that whatever your trouble, God is there for you. And you might wonder why the Psalms of Ascent would begin with a song about trouble. Shalom is a beautiful word signifying not merely the absence of conflict but the presence of health and wholeness. 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 if the arrows in Psalm 120 speak of the suddenness of the judgment, the coals speak of the duration of the judgment. C. The Christian longs for peace in the midst of a hostile world As the old hymn puts it: This world is not my home; I’m just a passin’ through. Gordon Churchyard. Chapter 120 This psalm is the first of those fifteen which are here put together under the title of "songs of degrees.’’ It is well that it is not material what the meaning of that title should be, for nothing is offered towards the explication of it, no, not by the Jewish writers themselves, but what is conjectural. Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue. Sing along to prerecorded music, bring a guitar, or sing unaccompanied! Psalm 120 will have the psalmist rising to the Lord. Psa. 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. No more! The Psalms of Ascent are all about going to meet with God, to worship him in the beauty of his presence. I. Psalm 120 especially focuses on prayer during the bad times. Psalm 120 deals with a very familiar theme in the Psalms, and one which we face every day. 1 I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Look at verses 1-2: “I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Psalm 123:1 A Song of degrees. A. (1-4) He complains of wicked neighbours. 2, G. A. F. Knight, The St. Andrew Press, Edinburgh, p. 278). And then finally, the Christian longs for peace in the midst of a hostile world. Well, that’s what the deceitful tongue gets in return. 3) Know that you do not belong to the world. God hears you when you pray They are also called Pilgrim Songs. 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! Our culture is in free fall, moral decline, filled with injustice and sin. 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. God hears you when you pray, so cry out for him to save you. And therefore when you are in trouble, you should cry out for God to save you. 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! This Psalm reminds us that the reason we are pilgrims is because the world in its present state is not our home. In scripture the word serve is used … RayFowler.org is a place to discuss various issues relating to God and life. 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. The world is opposed to God’s people. 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. Click here for more messages from the book of, The difference between the 1st and 2nd commandments. 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. 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. God’s punishments are never too light, and they are never too harsh. That’s why Jesus said in John 16: “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” (John 17:14-16), B. Click here to return to the Sermons page. Website: http://www.rayfowler.org. He is tired of it all. God’s judgment is certain and severe. Contributed by Rodney Johnson on Oct 30, 2020. And according to Psalm 120 what is the punishment for a deceitful tongue? (Read Psalm 120:1-7 and pray.). He is ready to begin his journey to go and meet with God. Never take that for granted. 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. Know that God will judge the wicked (3-4). The Songs of Ascent are a special group of psalms comprising Psalms 120—134. You can also check out the Top Posts page to get a feel for the site. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27). Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. CONCLUSION: Psalm 120 is the psalm that starts us on our journey in the Psalms of Ascent. This world is a hostile place full of lies and war. Dr. Philip W. McLarty. 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). God hears you when you pray. Deliver Me, O Lord But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly they will be struck down. The world is opposed to God and his ways. He was leaving behind the realm of men, the provenance of liars. Do you take it out on others? For Meditation Psalm 120 begins the wonderful little collection in the back of the Psalms called the Psalms of Ascent. The psalmist prays to God to deliver him from false and malicious tongues. He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin.” (Psalm 64:3-8). It is only found in Jesus Christ. Coals burn slowly and point to a judgment that lasts a long time. Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek, that I live among the tents of Kedar! Sermon Psalm 121:1-8 Where Does Your Help Come From? His attitude is the same as that of the psalmist in Psalm 42: “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Save me, LORD, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. 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. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. And so the psalmist is surrounded by people who do not care about God or God’s ways. 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. We are pilgrims on a journey, strangers in a strange land.       – John 15:19, 17:14-16. We are currently encouraging small gatherings with Parish Groups, home groups, or several households for worship. or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? " The world hates the light and will not come into the light for fear that their evil deeds will be exposed. A person has to be thoroughly disgusted with the way things are to find the motivation to set out on the Christian way. But that’s where prayer comes in. 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. Have you ever gone on a road trip and put together a play list or mix of songs for the journey? lies and deceit) He should pray.” (James 5:13) But what James 5:13 tells us by way of instruction, Psalm 120 tells us by way of testimony. 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 begin with the believer crying out to God in trouble far away from Jerusalem, and they end with believers offering up praise to God in his temple courts. (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. 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. God can bridle their tongues. 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. 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 120:1-2 Passage: Psalm 120 & 121 Look at Psalm 120:6-7: “Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. Psalm 120 shows us the best way. Take it to the cross of Jesus and leave it up to God to handle. But Christ brings truth and peace. The Christian is uncomfortable living in the world Psalm 120 is the first of these Psalms and it is a psalm about praying in times of trouble. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:2). II. Deceit implies intent, and so these lies are not innocent mistakes but they are meant to hurt. Welcome! 2) Know that God will punish the wicked. Psalm 119 Psalm 120 Psalm 121. Psalm 121:1-8 Where Does Your Help Come From? 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. If so, that’s what these Psalms of Ascent are all about. We don’t always fit. And apart from God there may be no way out. “Woe to me that I dwell in Meshech, that I live among the tents of Kedar! If you are new here, be sure to subscribe by email or feed reader so that you don't miss any future posts. That’s what the Psalms of Ascent are.       – Exodus 34:7; Psalm 64:3-8; 140:9-10; Romans 12:19. It’s very painful. What do you do when you are in trouble? 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! Do you complain? This time let's turn in our Bibles to Psalm 120 to begin our Bible study this evening. He obtained a gracious answer to this prayer. "Serve the Lord with gladness" (Psa. When you pray, the God who created all things, the God who is bigger than the universe, hears you. Nobody likes trouble, but God can use trouble to draw you closer to him. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. In this distress, he sought God by fervent prayer. Click here for more messages from the Psalms of Ascent Series. We are to be in the world, but not of the world. As Christians we are homesick for heaven. The psalmist describes what we are in today in a place that endeavors to be without God. 100:2). (Ps. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Have you ever been lied to? ◄ Psalm 120:2 ► Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips and a deceitful tongue. It means that as followers of Christ we are in the world but not of the world. And apart from God there may be no way out. But take heart! This is a psalm about trouble. These Psalms teach us how to be pilgrims as we make our own way upward on our journey to know God and to eventually be with him in his kingdom forever. It’s never that you’re a terrible person and they go around telling everyone how good you are, right? May every good man be delivered from … So they are called Psalms of Ascent first of all because they were sung by people literally going “up” to Jerusalem. But what it means here in Psalm 120 is that God’s judgment is appropriate to the offense and perfectly just. Do you long for peace in the midst of this world? 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. Return to the Main Player. Back to Sermon on Psalm 101-125. In … “Woe to me that I dwell in Meshech, that I live among the tents of Kedar!” (Psalm 120:5). No one ever tells any good lies about you, do they? 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. One day this land will be returned to him but until th A. God’s judgment is appropriate and just In this world you will have trouble. Jesus said in John 4:24: “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24) These deceitful lies are the exact opposite of the atmosphere of truthful worship that God calls us to and the psalmist so desires. In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue. And the reason why is simple and yet at the same time so remarkable. And really, what could be more appropriate? It is also a journey that begins and ends with prayer. First of all, the Christian is uncomfortable living in the world. God hears you when you pray. Words in boxes are from the Bible. 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. 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. 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 not just prayer during the good times. We read in Psalm 84: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! An enemy took the low road, but the psalmist sought the high road, by not taking personal vengeance or repaying evil with evil, but God has changed our hearts in Christ, and so we no longer desire the things of the world. By Ray Fowler. Back to Sermon on Psalm. As we read in Psalm 140: “Let the heads of those who surround me be covered with the trouble their lips have caused. But now here in Psalm 130 the greater concern is dwelling with my own sin! When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.” (Luke 2:41-42). Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. What will he do to you, and what more besides, you deceitful tongue? It’s meant to drag you down. 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. Don't have an account? Can’t you just hear it in Psalm 120? Let’s read Psalm 120 together: In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. We might call it poetic justice. It was known for its exceptionally hard wood that produced extremely hot charcoal that retained its heat for a long time. It’s the same way for Christians living in the world. Psalm 122:1 A Song of degrees of David. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” (John 16:23-24). No, when they lie about you it’s meant to hurt you. So Psalm 120 starts our journey by teaching us about how we should respond to God in times of trouble. Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the *Hebrew Bible. Four of...read more "What shall be given unto thee? And so that’s our first application from this Psalm. We long to be with Christ. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 121:1-8 HANG ON, HELP IS COMING!. Intro: The superscription to this Psalm tells us that it is a "Song of Degrees." 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. “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.”). And so the Psalms of Ascent begin with a call to prayer. 1) Call on the Lord in times of trouble. They begin with dissatisfaction and discontent. 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 Arrows and fire: a warrior’s sharp arrows and the burning coals of the broom tree. Talk to him. Know that God will punish the wicked. 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. 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. 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 The second application is this: know that God will judge the wicked. Psalm 120. ... Death and Life: Part Two. 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. 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". Save me, O Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.” (Psalm 120:1-2). In fact the starting point for our journey to God is always discontent with this world and what it has to offer. The Christian gets tired of living in the world © Ray Fowler. Jesus said in John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. We will also provide resources to lead a Bible study as an alternative to watching the sermon. Psalm 100 ranks second only to the 23rd Psalm in popularity. And this causes him distress, discomfort. Once again, greater maturity in Christ brings greater consciousness of our own sin and God’s mercy in our lives. And if you’re not homesick for heaven, then perhaps you need to consider whether heaven is truly your home. They shoot from ambush at the innocent man; they shoot at him suddenly, without fear…. You can be certain that he will not miss. Christ left his true home to come here to be among us. The arrows here speak of the suddenness of God’s judgment coming upon the wicked. 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. 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. The psalmist is a person of peace, longing for peace, living among those who hate peace. Render honor to God. And so that’s the second application we learn from this Psalm. Can you relate to these verses in Psalm 120? It is hostile to believers, and its people are hostile to each other. 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. May every good man be delivered from lying lips. 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. And we have learned three important applications from it this morning: 1) Call on the Lord in times of trouble. 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. Cry out to him. Now you'll notice these psalms have a heading. This is what you truly desire in your heart of hearts – to meet with God and to know the beauty of his presence. A. As Christians we don’t belong here. Commentary for Psalms 120 . He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush. In the original Hebrew the words “on the Lord” come first in this verse and thus are emphasized. The psalm, "A song of degrees." The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door,       – Proverbs 26:27; Jeremiah 9:8; James 3:6. God’s judgment is appropriate and just. Notice that the first thing he does is to call out to the Lord for help. 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