No more! The second application is this: know that God will judge the wicked. Click here for more messages from the book of Psalms. The broom tree is a tree about twelve-feet in height. Psalm 120 deals with a very familiar theme in the Psalms, and one which we face every day. Can’t you just hear it in Psalm 120? The singer is far from Jerusalem, distant from God in a far away land. 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). | 100 views. We read a similar word of judgment in Psalm 64: “They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows. How about you? We are currently encouraging small gatherings with Parish Groups, home groups, or several households for worship. But now here in Psalm 130 the greater concern is dwelling with my own sin! It’s uncomfortable for us. Feel free to hit the comments button on any post and join the discussion. II. 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. It hurts, doesn’t it? As Jesus said in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. 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. “I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.” (Psalm 120:1) God hears you when you pray. We don’t always fit. Click here to return to the Sermons page. They shoot from ambush at the innocent man; they shoot at him suddenly, without fear…. The psalmist describes what we are in today in a place that endeavors to be without God. We may be living on earth, but our citizenship is in heaven. Save me, LORD, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. Back to Sermon on Psalm. This world is a hostile place full of lies and war. They are always appropriate to the offense and perfectly just. SermonAudio.com - Psalm 120 Sermons. God’s people have always been a singing people and a worshiping people, and God gave us these psalms to help us give expression to the feelings in our heart as we worship him in prayer and song. Talk to him. 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. Our culture is in free fall, moral decline, filled with injustice and sin. Psalm 120 is the first of fifteen Psalms of ascent (Psalm 120 to Psalm 134). Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. You can also check out the Top Posts page to get a feel for the site. They forged false charges against him. 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. We don’t always feel at home here. Dr. Philip W. McLarty. He is tired of it all. 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. And apart from God there may be no way out. 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. We might call it poetic justice. The apostle Paul writes in Philippians 3:20: “But our citizenship is in heaven. So when people attack you, love them and forgive them. So, the probability is that the Psalm was written at the time of the rebuilding of the temple and the city. Commentary for Psalms 120 . But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly they will be struck down. Arrows and fire: a warrior’s sharp arrows and the burning coals of the broom tree. 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. Do you complain? Once again, greater maturity in Christ brings greater consciousness of our own sin and God’s mercy in our lives. It's one of a collection called "Songs of Ascents". Sermon Psalm 100:1-5 A Matter of Gratitude. It is also certain and severe. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, ◄ Psalm 120:2 ► Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips and a deceitful tongue. Four Seasons Of Life Part 3 Series. As Christians we don’t belong here. B. God’s judgment is certain and severe 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! 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. They are also called Pilgrim Songs. This Psalm reminds us that the reason we are pilgrims is because the world in its present state is not our home. That’s why Jesus said in John 16: “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. We read in Luke 2:41-42: “Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. I suspect it has been for you, as well. And in the midst of a hostile world, the Christian longs for peace. 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. Let’s read Psalm 120 together: In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush. We read in Psalm 84: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! – Exodus 34:7; Psalm 64:3-8; 140:9-10; Romans 12:19. And so the psalmist is surrounded by people who do not care about God or God’s ways. 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. The world is opposed to God’s truth. And so the Psalms of Ascent begin with a call to prayer. And so I want you to know as we enter this New Year that whatever your trouble, God is there for you. When you pray, the God who created all things, the God who is bigger than the universe, hears you. And the reason why is simple and yet at the same time so remarkable. Shalom is a beautiful word signifying not merely the absence of conflict but the presence of health and wholeness. 3) Know that you do not belong to the world. Look at verses 3-4 where we read: “What will he do to you, and what more besides, O deceitful tongue? Have you ever been lied about? 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". As we read in Psalm 140: “Let the heads of those who surround me be covered with the trouble their lips have caused. May every good man be delivered from lying lips. It means that as followers of Christ we are in the world but not of the world. This week's scripture: Psalm 120. It is also a journey that begins and ends with prayer. God’s judgment is appropriate and just. 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. 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. As a Christian you are called to be different from the world. – Psalm 120:1-2 Passage: Psalm 120 & 121 Words in boxes are from the Bible. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. 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. – John 4:24. 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. And so these are travel songs – full of beautiful imagery, meaningful expression and divine wisdom for the journey. 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. 1 I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers 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 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. We are told that the coals in Psalm 120 are the coals of the broom tree. Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. I. He obtained a gracious answer to this prayer. Sermon on Psalm 120:1-7. 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. But Christ brings truth and peace. A person has to be thoroughly disgusted with the way things are to find the motivation to set out on the Christian way. We will also provide resources to lead a Bible study as an alternative to watching the sermon. Meshech and Kedar in Psalm 120 refer to peoples rather than places. The world is opposed to God’s people. If you are new here, be sure to subscribe by email or feed reader so that you don't miss any future posts. 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. RayFowler.org is a place to discuss various issues relating to God and life. We started way back in Psalm 120 where the main concern for the psalmist was dwelling with evil men and their sin. 2) Know that God will punish the wicked. Everyone cries out when they are in trouble. The first sermon in our series; "Psalms of Ascent". Cry out to him. What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, you deceitful tongue? Do you long for peace in the midst of this world? They begin with dissatisfaction and discontent. I do not give to you as the world gives. Commentary on Psalm 120:1-4 (Read Psalm 120:1-4) The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful tongue. Back to Sermon on Psalm 101-125. – 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. The whole family would come for Passover while only the men were required to go up for the other two feasts. Jesus would have sung these songs with his family as they made their way up to Jerusalem each year for the Passover. 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. 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. In scripture the word serve is used … (See The Daily Study Bible, Psalms, Vol. It was known for its exceptionally hard wood that produced extremely hot charcoal that retained its heat for a long time. 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. What does Psalm 120 mean? This is what you have been looking for all your life. The people of Meshech lived to the north by the Black Sea. It’s brief, concrete and straightforward; plus, it gives us specific direction as to what God would have us … 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. 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 It’s never that you’re a terrible person and they go around telling everyone how good you are, right? Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27). Have you ever gone on a road trip and put together a play list or mix of songs for the journey? CONCLUSION: Psalm 120 is the psalm that starts us on our journey in the Psalms of Ascent. And so if the arrows in Psalm 120 speak of the suddenness of the judgment, the coals speak of the duration of the judgment. Deliver Me, O Lord Website: http://www.rayfowler.org. The world is a hostile place. Don't have an account? 1) Call on the Lord in times of trouble. 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. What does Psalm 120 mean? He is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and so we learn that all prayer must go through Jesus the Son of God. Psalm 120 A song of ascents. C. The Christian longs for peace in the midst of a hostile world I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war.” (Psalm 120:6-7). In this world you will have trouble. In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue. Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the *Hebrew Bible. God’s judgment is certain and severe. Deceit implies intent, and so these lies are not innocent mistakes but they are meant to hurt. Sign In. Psalm 121:1-8 Where Does Your Help Come From? Do you long for true peace in your life? And so that’s our first application from this Psalm. 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, G. A. F. Knight, The St. Andrew Press, Edinburgh, p. 278). This is what you truly desire in your heart of hearts – to meet with God and to know the beauty of his presence. “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.”). God can bridle their tongues. The Songs of Ascent are a special group of psalms comprising Psalms 120—134. 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. God hears you when you pray. Contributed by Rodney Johnson on Oct 30, 2020. It is hostile to believers, and its people are hostile to each other. Please include the following statement on any distributed copies: Psalm 122:1 A Song of degrees of David. 100:2). Psalm 122: Passion,… Recent Sermons. Render honor to God. Psalm 120. Do you take it out on others? But what it means here in Psalm 120 is that God’s judgment is appropriate to the offense and perfectly just. – Psalm 42:2; Philippians 3:20, The Christian is not only uncomfortable living in the world. Have you been too long apart from God? Psalm 18:6 One day this land will be returned to him but until th God’s judgment is appropriate and just. 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. This collection includes Psalm 120 - 134 -- fifteen in all. When a pilgrim left home to go up to the Temple, he was going to worship the God of truth. That is, this is a Psalm that worshipers would sing as they made their way to Jerusalem to participate in the three great annual feasts; Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. Psalm 120 especially focuses on prayer during the bad times. What If We Already Lived Together Before Marriage? It’s meant to drag you down. The people of Kedar lived to the south in the Arabian Desert. Well, that’s what the deceitful tongue gets in return. 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. B. But what matters is to whom do you cry out? He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush. And so that’s the second application we learn from this Psalm. By Ray Fowler. He is ready to begin his journey to go and meet with God. The psalmist cries out to the Lord, and the Lord answers him. The Bible urges you as a Christian to pursue peace in every aspect of your life. They are short, easy to memorize, and meant to be sung in praise and worship to God. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.” (Luke 2:41-42). You are in great anguish because you don’t see any way out. 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. There is no way to meet with God apart from prayer. Psa. We long to be with Christ. And really, what could be more appropriate? 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 … Sing along to prerecorded music, bring a guitar, or sing unaccompanied! (1-4) He complains of wicked neighbours. And you might wonder why the Psalms of Ascent would begin with a song about trouble. The psalmist is a person of peace, longing for peace, living among those who hate peace. He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin.” (Psalm 64:3-8). 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. This is a psalm about 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. Call on the Lord in times of trouble. Know that you do not belong to the world (5-7). 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. It’s the same way for Christians living in the world. 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. If you are going to make this life journey with God, prayer will need to be front and center. Dr. Philip W. McLarty. The word for “peace” in Psalm 120 is the Hebrew word shalom. We desire first and foremost to be with God and to meet with him. Notice that the first thing he does is to call out to the Lord for help. God hears you when you pray, so cry out for him to save you. (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. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore. Psalm 120 shows us the best way. It is only found in Jesus Christ. Click here for more messages from the Psalms of Ascent Series. So Psalm 120 starts our journey by teaching us about how we should respond to God in times of trouble. I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. The world is opposed to God and his ways. – Matthew 5:9; John 14:27, 16:33; Romans 12:18, The Christian is uncomfortable living in the world. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. God will judge the wicked but save his people. In … The Christian also gets tired of living in the world. Four of...read more In this distress, he sought God by fervent prayer. It means that we are pilgrims on a journey. Or do you pray? Psalm 123:1 A Song of degrees. 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! Look at verses 1-2: “I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Many of us memorized it as children in Sunday School. What will he do to you, and what more besides, you deceitful tongue? 2) Know that God will punish the wicked. Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. And then finally, the Christian longs for peace in the midst of a hostile world. No one ever tells any good lies about you, do they? Remember we said earlier that the word for deceit is related to the word for shooting an arrow? But that’s where prayer comes in. And according to Psalm 120 what is the punishment for a deceitful tongue? 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. A. Know that God will punish the wicked. 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. 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. His attitude is the same as that of the psalmist in Psalm 42: “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Look at Psalm 120:6-7: “Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. 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. But take heart! Never take that for granted. December 13, 2020; In Remembrance of His Mercy. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 120. www.easyenglish.bible. 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! A warrior’s sharp arrows, with glowing coals of the broom tree! As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. 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