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Psalms 120-127

6/21/2019

A Devotional Journey    
     led by Dr Gene Pearson 
Thru the Bible in a Year
 
        Psalm 120 is a prayer for relief from the slander of deceitful tongues.  The subtitle, A song of ascents most likely is a reference to the travel of Pilgrims to the Jerusalem religious festivals at the temple.  The city of Jerusalem lies at about 3,000 feet above sea level.  Since much of the rest of the country is either close to sea level or below (as in the Jordan Valley), travel to Jerusalem was usually along some road which went uphill.
        Psalm 121 is a dramatic dialogue expressing both the questions and faith-filled answers of those who travel to Jerusalem on pilgrimage.  Psalm 122 is a hymn of joy sung by those who have arrived in the holy city. 
        Psalm 123 is a prayer for God's intervention.   The humble position of His people means only God can rescue them from the abuse they are suffering at the hands of the proud and the arrogant. 
        Psalm 124 is an affirmation of God's protection and love.  In His absence there is only the possibility of defeat, but with His help, nothing can stop His people. 
        Psalm 125 characterizes God's people as those who are righteous, good, and upright in heart. God is the shelter and protector of those who place their trust in Him; the prayer is for His righteous reward and punishment of those who deserve it. 
        Psalm 126 celebrates the restoration of Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile.  The exaltation of those who return from captivity in 539 B.C. and later is like a dream.  The prayer is for God's total restoration of His people.     
        Psalm 127 provides wise counsel regarding homes of the faithful.  God must be at the center and seen as the builder of any truly good outcome.  No matter what we do, without God's aid we can expect no success at all.  As His people traveled to Jerusalem for worship, they thought (& spoke) of many things:  for example, only God can build a strong family and children are seen as a sign of God's blessing.  Regarding the latter, in 1 Corinthians 7, Paul asserts almost the exact opposite:  it is really better to be single and unencumbered.

        Today ask yourself if God is as able to help you as He was to help the people who wrote and first spoke these psalms.  Are you willing to trust Him with the future?  Can you find your faith, even after a long struggle with sorrow and doubt?  Ask God to give you a heart to care about such things and then go out and live in the joy of your salvation!
 
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010