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Psalms 120-122

One thing I’m also working to do is read at least one Psalm and a Proverb each day. I will blog about them the first time and then the second time will probably not unless it really spoke to me that day.

Psalm 120: A Song of Ascents

The writer asks God in distress to deliver him from lies and deceits. He then tells the “false tongue” that sharp arrows of a warrior and “coals of the broom tree” shall be his defense against them.

He is sorrowful that he dwelt too long in Meshech and then in Kedar “with one who hates peace”. He is for peace, but despite his efforts, they are for war.

This sounds similar to what David may have faced while running for his life from Saul.

Psalm 121: A Song of Ascents

The writer lifts his eyes up to the hills and sees his help will come from the LORD, who created heaven and earth.

I love verses 3-4: “He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.

“Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”

Nice, isn’t it?

Verse five encourages the reader that the LORD is your keeper who will protect you in His shade from the sun during the day and the moon by night.

In other words, nothing will get to you: you are secure and preserved from all evil.

Verse eight is wonderful also: “The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.”

Finally:

Psalm 122: A Song of Ascents. Of David

David writes about Jerusalem and how it contains the House of the LORD. He describes Jerusalem as a “compact” city where David’s throne is.

David also writes something that easily can be said today in verse 6: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you.”

He asks for peace and plans to seek good because of the House of the LORD.

Richard Zowie is a writer who, though a Christian for 29 years, still has a lot to learn about God, the Bible, the world and life. Post comments here or e-mail him at richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

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