Psalm 120 - Prayer for Deliverance from the Treacherous

Outbless Weekly

Jan 6 2023 • 38 mins

120 In my trouble I cried to the Lord,
And He answered me.

- In my trouble I cried to the Lord

o Notice its when he was in trouble again

- And He answered me

o Notice God faithfulness again

o He answers time and time again

2 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips,
From a deceitful tongue.

- The trouble the Psalmist was in was related to lies spoken against him

o These lies were made with intent to harm or kill

o Not surprising when you consider the devil is the father of all lies

o And that his purpose is to kill, steal and destroy

3 What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you,
You deceitful tongue?

- The Psalmist gives a warning to the who lie

o What shall be given to you

o And what more shall be done to you

o This seems to imply a fierce payback much worse than the damage they intended

4 Sharp arrows of the warrior,
With the burning coals of the broom tree.

- Sharp arrows of the warrior

o Sharp arrows have the intent to kill

- With burning coals of the broom tree

o These arrows will cause whatever they hit to catch fire & burn up

o Death and torment by fire is certainly implied (a picture of hell)

5 Woe is me, for I sojourn in Meshech,
For I dwell among the tents of Kedar!

- Woe is me, for I sojourn in Meshech

o Meshech means “drawing out”

o The people who lived there were heathen and corrupt

o The Psalmist is unhappy he lives among them

- For I dwell among the tents of Kedar

o Kedar means dark

o A son of Ishmael

§ the result of Abraham & Sarah taking matters in their own hands

o the Psalmist goes back and forth in the land and is surrounded by people who did not follow Jehovah

o He considered it WOE

6 Too long has my soul had its dwelling
With those who hate peace.

- The Psalmist complains that he dwelled among these people for too long

- This means he expected to move or relocate much sooner

o Sometimes, things take much longer than we want

o This means they love the opposite of peace (enemies of peace)

7 I am for peace, but when I speak,
They are for war.

- I am for peace

o The Psalmist was for peace

§ He wants peace

§ He loves peace

§ He longs for peace

- But when I speak, they are for war

o The Psalmist speaks about God’s peace (Shalom)

§ Was for war (the oppositive of peace)

§ The enemy of peace and Christ

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