Psalms 120:1



The Bible says in Psalm 120:1-2, “In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.[2] Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.” David went to the Lord in prayer in every situation of David’s life. He went to the Lord when he needed to confess his sins. David went to the Lord to than God for all of His blessings. And David went to the Lord when David was attacked and distressed. In verse one the word that is translated “cried” refers to singing. A song can be a prayer, and should be. We should sing as unto the Lord. A song can be used to cry out to the Lord. Whenever we cry out to the Lord, whether in song, in word, or in thought, we know the Lord hears us, and we know that the Lord will answer our prayers. God answers prayer: always. In verse two we see that David was praying that he would be delivered from “lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.” Words can be so cruel and so hurtful. It has always been that way and still is. What should you do when someone says words that hurt you or harm you? Do what David did: lift your voice to the Lord.


The Bible says in Psalm 120:3-4, “What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?[4] Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.” In the first two verses David prayed, and now he knows that his prayer has been answered. The answer from God is simply understanding what the destiny will be for the wicked, and it is not good. “Sharp arrows” and hot “coals” are the certain destiny of those who lie. That is why we pray for them. The judgment is coming, and they are in a terrible situation.  


The Bible says in Psalm 120:5-7, “Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar![6] My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace.[7] I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.” It is interesting that David mentions Mesech and Kedar. Mesech might be as far away as Russia, and Kedar is some part of Arabia. The point is that David is referring to being far away from the Promised Land, and he does not like it. I think that represents the life that all believers have: we live our life on this earth, but it would be far better to be in heaven. What is wrong with the earth? The biggest problem is all the people who do not know the Lord. We are in the Light of Christ, but they are in darkness. We know the truth about Jesus, but they do not. We want to love others and be peacemakers, but their selfishness causes them to grab and take whatever they can and however they can. They prefer fighting over peace. They are like wild animals who cannot control themselves. They need the Lord.  



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