This week's scripture: Psalm 120. 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 … A person has to be thoroughly disgusted with the way things are to find the motivation to set out on the Christian way. What will he do to you, and what more besides, you deceitful tongue? There is no way to meet with God apart from prayer. We read in Psalm 84: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! 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. C. The Christian longs for peace in the midst of a hostile world Welcome! An enemy took the low road, but the psalmist sought the high road, by not taking personal vengeance or repaying evil with evil, but And so I want you to know as we enter this New Year that whatever your trouble, God is there for you. It’s meant to drag you down. I suspect it has been for you, as well. It hurts, doesn’t it? But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly they will be struck down. The Songs of Ascent are a special group of psalms comprising Psalms 120—134. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. And then finally, 3) Know that you do not belong to the world. 3) Know that you do not belong to the world. The world is opposed to God and his ways. 2) Know that God will punish the wicked. © Ray Fowler. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, What If We Already Lived Together Before Marriage? 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! 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. 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. Register!       – John 4:24. Commentary on Psalm 120:1-4 (Read Psalm 120:1-4) The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful tongue.       – Proverbs 26:27; Jeremiah 9:8; James 3:6. And so these are travel songs – full of beautiful imagery, meaningful expression and divine wisdom for the journey. A. Meshech and Kedar in Psalm 120 refer to peoples rather than places. The world hates the light and will not come into the light for fear that their evil deeds will be exposed. You can be certain that he will not miss. One day this land will be returned to him but until th Dr. Philip W. McLarty. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. In the original Hebrew the words “on the Lord” come first in this verse and thus are emphasized. and Johnny Hart, The Psalms of Ascent – Stepping Stones to God’s Heart, A Theology of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter. 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. Gordon Churchyard. The psalmist cries out to the Lord, and the Lord answers him. 100:2). I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war.” (Psalm 120:6-7). He is tired of it all. Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. my distress.       – John 16:23-24; James 5:13. Arrows and fire: a warrior’s sharp arrows and the burning coals of the broom tree.       – John 15:19, 17:14-16. The word for “peace” in Psalm 120 is the Hebrew word shalom. Everyone cries out when they are in trouble. Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek, that I live among the tents of Kedar! The world is opposed to God’s truth. (5-7) 1-4 The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful tongue. 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 Never take that for granted. We don’t always feel at home here. Four Seasons Of Life Part 3 Series. It’s very painful. 120:1–7) Summary of the Text. He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin.” (Psalm 64:3-8). Psalm 120 is the first of fifteen Psalms of ascent (Psalm 120 to Psalm 134). (Ps. The second application is this: know that God will judge the wicked. In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue. Look at verses 1-2: “I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.       – Matthew 5:9; John 14:27, 16:33; Romans 12:18, The Christian is uncomfortable living in the world. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. When God’s judgment comes, it comes suddenly, but it will not end quickly. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.” (Luke 2:41-42). Click here to return to the Sermons page. 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. And this causes him distress, discomfort. RayFowler.org is a place to discuss various issues relating to God and life. “Woe to me that I dwell in Meshech, that I live among the tents of Kedar!” (Psalm 120:5). Take it to the cross of Jesus and leave it up to God to handle. I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. 2, G. A. F. Knight, The St. Andrew Press, Edinburgh, p. 278). Christ left his true home to come here to be among us. And you might wonder why the Psalms of Ascent would begin with a song about trouble. The Psalms of Ascent are all about going to meet with God, to worship him in the beauty of his presence. And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore. He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush. Psa. The psalmist describes what we are in today in a place that endeavors to be without God. So Psalm 120 starts our journey by teaching us about how we should respond to God in times of trouble. The Christian gets tired of living in the world. Look at verses 3-4 where we read: “What will he do to you, and what more besides, O deceitful tongue? The Bible urges you as a Christian to pursue peace in every aspect of your life. In … And so the psalmist is surrounded by people who do not care about God or God’s ways. 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. “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.”). 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. There were three main feasts in Jerusalem each year: the Feast of Passover in the spring; the Feast of Pentecost in the summer; and the Feast of Tabernacles which took place at harvest time in the fall. It is only found in Jesus Christ. Intro: The superscription to this Psalm tells us that it is a "Song of Degrees." No one ever tells any good lies about you, do they? First of all, the Christian is uncomfortable living in the world. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. A. (Read Psalm 120:1-7 and pray.). It is also certain and severe. What does Psalm 120 mean? So they are called Psalms of Ascent first of all because they were sung by people literally going “up” to Jerusalem. We’ve created parts for band and orchestral instruments, so you can play along to some of our worship songs. Psalm 120. The whole family would come for Passover while only the men were required to go up for the other two feasts. Have you been too long apart from God? It’s never that you’re a terrible person and they go around telling everyone how good you are, right? 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. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. 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. They are always appropriate to the offense and perfectly just. 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. Psalm 121:1-8 Where Does Your Help Come From? The broom tree is a tree about twelve-feet in height. The psalmist prays to God to deliver him from false and malicious tongues. Back to Sermon on Psalm 101-125. What does Psalm 120 mean? It is hostile to believers, and its people are hostile to each other. But what matters is to whom do you cry out? We started way back in Psalm 120 where the main concern for the psalmist was dwelling with evil men and their sin. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20) This world is not our home. And so the Psalms of Ascent begin with a call to prayer. Or do you pray? In fact the starting point for our journey to God is always discontent with this world and what it has to offer. And if you’re not homesick for heaven, then perhaps you need to consider whether heaven is truly your home. Return to the Main Player. We will also provide resources to lead a Bible study as an alternative to watching the sermon. And we have learned three important applications from it this morning: 1) Call on the Lord in times of trouble. 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. 1 I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. When in trouble, pray. They are also called Pilgrim Songs. You can watch the online worship service on Sunday morning together, or lead your own worship service using the home worship resources we provide. Deliver Me, O Lord Pray for those who persecute you. In preparation for worship, spend some time slowly reading through the Psalm, meditating on it and try to put it in your own words as you pray it back to God. Words in boxes are from the Bible. It means that as followers of Christ we are in the world but not of the world. Psalm 120 will have the psalmist rising to the Lord. He was leaving behind the realm of men, the provenance of liars. Sermon Psalm 100:1-5 A Matter of Gratitude. No, when they lie about you it’s meant to hurt you.       – Exodus 34:7; Psalm 64:3-8; 140:9-10; Romans 12:19. 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". We are to be in the world, but not of the world. 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. December 13, 2020; In Remembrance of His Mercy. II. 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. Click here for more messages from the book of Psalms. 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. You are in great anguish because you don’t see any way out. 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. 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.       – Psalm 42:2; Philippians 3:20, The Christian is not only uncomfortable living in the world. Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue. Coals burn slowly and point to a judgment that lasts a long time. He pays attention to you. Know that you do not belong to the world (5-7). This Psalm reminds us that the reason we are pilgrims is because the world in its present state is not our home. Cry out for him to save you (ex. But now here in Psalm 130 the greater concern is dwelling with my own sin! 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. Jesus said in John 15:19: “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. The first sermon in our series; "Psalms of Ascent". God hears you when you pray Or, "what shall … We long to be with Christ. 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. Notice that the first thing he does is to call out to the Lord for help. He is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and so we learn that all prayer must go through Jesus the Son of God. B. God’s judgment is certain and severe Now you'll notice these psalms have a heading. They shoot from ambush at the innocent man; they shoot at him suddenly, without fear…. He then asks God to deliver him from the specific trouble that he faces, which in his case is lying lips and deceitful tongues. Let’s read Psalm 120 together: In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. May every good man be delivered from lying lips. It’s uncomfortable for us. He is ready to begin his journey to go and meet with God. And so if the arrows in Psalm 120 speak of the suddenness of the judgment, the coals speak of the duration of the judgment. The apostle Paul writes in Philippians 3:20: “But our citizenship is in heaven. "Serve the Lord with gladness" (Psa. And then finally, the Christian longs for peace in the midst of a hostile world. This is a psalm about trouble. We are currently encouraging small gatherings with Parish Groups, home groups, or several households for worship. Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. 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. By Ray Fowler. Can’t you just hear it in Psalm 120? Do you long for peace in the midst of this world? And not just prayer during the good times. Call on the Lord in times of trouble. And apart from God there may be no way out. The Christian also gets tired of living in the world. James 5:13 tells us plainly: “Is any one of you in trouble? 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. Our home is in another place. Know that God will punish the wicked. Website: http://www.rayfowler.org. Why not start the journey with a happy song? Dr. Philip W. McLarty. 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. 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. God hears you when you pray. They forged false charges against him. As Christians we are homesick for heaven. God will judge the wicked but save his people. Psalm 18:6 And therefore when you are in trouble, you should cry out for God to save you. We get tired of this world and living in the ways of the world, and so we begin our journey of drawing closer to God and his ways. 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). 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. As we read in Psalm 140: “Let the heads of those who surround me be covered with the trouble their lips have caused. Hello and welcome to RayFowler.org. Psalm 120 shows us the best way. Cry out to him. Have you ever gone on a road trip and put together a play list or mix of songs for the journey? 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 this world you will have trouble. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27). 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. ... Death and Life: Part Two. And so that’s our first application from this Psalm. 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. What do you do when you are in trouble? It means that we are pilgrims on a journey. 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. Sign In. He hears your every word. He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush. Click here for more messages from the book of, The difference between the 1st and 2nd commandments. But that’s where prayer comes in. God’s judgment is appropriate and just. Render honor to God. No more! So when people attack you, love them and forgive them. But take heart! And the reason why is simple and yet at the same time so remarkable. lies and deceit) 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. ◄ Psalm 120:2 ► Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips and a deceitful tongue. The history of the world can be told with its wars, and it is a long, sad history of fightings and conflict. God hears you when you pray, so cry out for him to save you. God’s judgment is appropriate and just. 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. Psalm 119 Psalm 120 Psalm 121. Sermon on Psalm 120:1-7. 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. The psalm, "A song of degrees." It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! But Christ brings truth and peace. (1-4) He complains of wicked neighbours. This is what you have been looking for all your life. "What shall be given unto thee? A. God’s judgment is appropriate and just Many of us memorized it as children in Sunday School. 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. It’s the same way for Christians living in the world. Can you relate to these verses in Psalm 120? The psalmist is a person of peace, longing for peace, living among those who hate peace. 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