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“May you and I seek the Lord when we’re in distress.” <>< Dona (08/26/20)

Please read Psalm 120-126.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Psalm 120 Theme

A prayer for deliverance (v. 2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist is in distress (v. 1).

Something to think about

The psalmist was distressed because he was far from home living among pagans (v. 3, 5).  These pagans hated peace (v. 6).

Something to experience

We too may find ourselves living among disruptive people.  But like the psalmist we should seek peace (v. 7).  My Bible notes: The glory of peacemaking is that it may actually allow both sides to win.  Peacemaking is God’s way and should be ours too.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 120:1 In my distress, I cried to the Lord.  He answered me.

Psalm 120:2 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.

Psalm 120:3 What will be given to you (those who are lying), and what will be done more to you, you deceitful tongue?

Psalm 120:5 Woe is me, that I live in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar!

Psalm 120:6 My soul has had her dwelling too long with him who hates peace.

Psalm 120:7 I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war.

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Psalm 121 Theme

Depending on God’s help.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist knew exactly where his help came from (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

The psalmist believed the Lord was always there to keep him from falling.  The psalmist believed that the Lord never slept (v. 3-4). And the psalmist believed that the Lord would keep him from being harmed by evil (v. 5-7). 

Something to experience

Like the psalmist we too should trust God to protect us (v. 8). 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 121:1-2 1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills.  Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:3-4 He (the Lord) will not allow your foot to be moved. He who keeps you will not slumber.  Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 

Psalm 121: 5-7 5 The Lord is your keeper.  The Lord is your shade on your right hand.  6The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.  The Lord will keep you from all evil.  He will keep your soul.

Psalm 121:8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in, from this time forward, and forever more.

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Psalm 122 Theme

The Presence of God.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist was glad to finally be able to enter the temple in Jerusalem and give thanks (v. 1-4).

Something to think about

The psalmist chose to pray for the inhabitants of Jerusalem even before himself (v. 6-7).

Something to experience

We can be like the psalmist.  We can pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ. We can seek peace and good to come to them (v. 8-9). Today consider praying for someone in need.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 122:1-4 1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let’s go to the Lord’s house!” Our feet are standing within your gates, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that is built as a city that is compact together, where the tribes go up, even the Lord’s tribes, according to an ordinance for Israel, to give thanks to the Lord’s name.

Psalm 122:6-7 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  Those who love you will prosper. Peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.

Psalm 122:8-9 For my brothers’ and companions’ sakes, I will now say, “Peace be within you.”  For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek Your good.

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Psalm 123 Theme

Looking to God for mercy (v. 2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord the psalmist turned his eyes heavenward to You (v. 1) 

Something to think about

The psalmist knew only God could give him what he needed for the evil and proud around him were showing him only contempt (v. 3-4).

Something to experience

Like the psalmist, we too may be experiencing ridicule and contempt from someone.  Our solution is the same as the psalmist’s.  Lift our eyes to heaven because our help comes from the Lord.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 123:1 I lift up my eyes to You, You who sit in the heavens.

Psalm 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress; so our eyes look to the Lord, our God, until He has mercy on us. 

Psalm 123:3-4 Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us, for we have endured much contempt. Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scoffing of those who are at ease, with the contempt of the proud.

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Psalm 124 Theme

God is on the side of those who seek Him (v. 1-2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist realized You saved them (Israelites) from being overwhelmed by their enemy (v. 3-5).

Something to think about

The psalmist blessed and praised the Lord because he knew it was God who had saved them (v. 6-7).

Something to experience

We need to believe as the psalmist did, our help is only in the Lord’s name (v. 8).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 124:1-5 1 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, let Israel now say, if it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us; then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their wrath was kindled against us; then the waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul; then the proud waters would have gone over our soul.

Psalm 124:6-7 Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul has escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare.  The snare is broken, and we have escaped.

Psalm 124:8 Our help is in the Lord’s name, who made heaven and earth.

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Psalm 125 Theme

God as our protector (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist saw You as constantly surrounding Your people with protection (v. 2).

Something to think about

The psalmist believed that evil rulers would not always be in charge (v. 3). He believed the Lord would rule over those who were upright in their hearts (v. 4). The Lord would do away with those who were doing evil (v 5).

Something to experience

We too can trust the Lord to do what the psalmist said. One day evil will be done away with and the righteous will live in God’s presence.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 125:1 Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which can’t be moved, but remains forever.

Psalm 125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forward and forever more.

Psalm 125:3 For the scepter of wickedness won’t remain over the allotment of the righteous; so that the righteous won’t use their hands to do evil.

Psalm 125:4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, to those who are upright in their hearts.

Psalm 125:5 But as for those who turn away to their crooked ways, The Lord will lead them away with the workers of iniquity.  Peace be on Israel.

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Psalm 126 Theme

Great things are done by God (v. 2b). 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist saw Your handiwork and was glad (v. 3).

Something to think about

The psalmist saw all that the Lord did for those who came back to Jerusalem as like a dream (v. 1). And then their mouth was filled with laughter and they sang (v.2a). God’s ability to restore life is beyond our understanding.

Something to experience

Even our grief can be healed by God’s touch. He can use our tears to water the seed of our situation and bring good out of what has happened (v. 5-6).  [see Isaiah 55:9-12]

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 126:1 When the Lord brought back those who returned to Zion, we were like those who dream.

Psalm 126:2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

Psalm 126:3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad.

Psalm 126:5-6 Those who sow in tears will reap in joy.   He who goes out weeping, carrying seed for sowing, will certainly come again with joy, carrying his sheaves.

Prayer

Lord, I pray we will cry out to You when we are in distress (Psalm 120:1).  Lord, I ask You to deliver us (Psalm 120:2).  Lord, I pray we will seek peace (Psalm 120:7).  Thank You Lord for being our help (Psalm 121:2).  Thank You Lord for keeping us safe (Psalm 121:5-7). Lord, I pray You always be with us wherever we go (Psalm 121:8). Lord, I pray we will continually pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).  Lord, have mercy on us as we keep our eyes on You (Psalm 123:2-3).  Thank You for doing great things for us (Psalm 126:3).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I remember all the Lord has done for us.” <>< Dona