Psalms 121, 122, 124, 125, 127
Tonight we will be looking at five shorter Psalms, which come from the 15 Psalms (Ps. 120-134) called Songs of Ascents. The word Ascent means going up. Nelson’s Bible dictionary suggests:
“The songs may have been “Pilgrim Psalms” sung by those who
were “going up” to
Our first Psalm is:
Psalm 121:1 A Song
of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the hills -- From whence comes my
help? 2 My help comes from
the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
This Psalm is known as a travelers
Psalm. The hills he speaks of are usually a reference to
Sometime people try to
look to the stars or other manmade ideas to help them in their time of need,
but the true source of our help is God almighty. Even when we take certain
drugs that helps us with a physical or mental problem we are having, we need to
keep in mind that God is the one the created the ingredients that goes into the
drug and gave the men and women who invented them the ability to do so. No
matter how many discoveries we make as a human race, God is the one that
deserves the credit, not man, because He is the source of it all.
The Psalmist continues
talking about how God helps us.
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps
you will not slumber. 4
Behold, He who keeps
The Psalmist have full
confidence in God’s ability to watch out for the faithful and He does not have
a 40hr work week like most of us are used to. No, He never sleeps and He is
there for us 24/7 with no vacation time. Like your shadow, God will always be
there. The Psalmist says that the Lord is our keeper. This word keeper means:
To keep, guard, keep watch and ward, protect, save
The Psalmist goes on to
6 The sun shall not strike you by
day, Nor the moon by night. 7
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. 8 The LORD shall preserve your
going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.
These last verses are a great definition of how the Lord is our keeper and protector. The Psalmist is not saying that God is going to protect us from sun burn or sun stroke, but is saying whether it is day or night, God will be there for us to help preserve us from all evil. Even if someone evil does harm to our bodies, our soul will be preserved because they cannot touch our souls. It does not matter how much times passes by, God will continue to be there for us and He will to be our keeper and protector. Knowing this should bring us great comfort and cause to have confidence in our Christianity.
Psalm 122:1 A Song
of Ascents. Of David. I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the
house of the LORD." 2
Our feet have been standing Within your gates, O
This Psalm is attributed to David, but scholars are mixed on
whether this Psalm was from David’s time or simply adapted from one of David’s
Psalms to fit with the idea of the pilgrimages the Jews took when they went
David, a man after God’s own heart, loved the Lord and was
always excited when He had the opportunity to go into the house of the Lord.
His love of God was shared by others, because our Psalm speaks of more than one
standing at the gates of
This same sentiment should be felt by all those who love the Lord. We should never view our time of worship our time of Bible study as an obligation, but as joy. We should get excited when we have the opportunity to come together with our brothers and sisters in Christ for the purpose of worshipping God.
If you think there is something better to do than coming before God and worshipping Him in spirit and in truth, then your priorities are messed up and you need to examine your life because nothing should thrill our soul more than assembling with saints. Unlike David’s time where they had to meet at a specific place, we know today that we are the church, we are the house of God no matter where we are.
1 Timothy 2:1Therefore
I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving
of thanks be made for all men, 2
for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable
life in all godliness and reverence. 3
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
We should never cease to
pray for the leaders of our country and to do our best to be at peace with
those around us. Like the children of
Our goals as Christians
should be to always do good so that we can bring honor to our Father in heaven.
Psalm 124:1 A Song
of Ascents. Of David. "If it had not been the LORD who was on our
side," Let Israel now say -- 2
"If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, When men rose up against
us, 3 Then they would have
swallowed us alive, When their wrath was kindled against us; 4 Then the waters would have
overwhelmed us, The stream would have gone over our soul; 5 Then the swollen waters Would
have gone over our soul." 6
Blessed be the LORD, Who has not given us as prey to their
teeth. 7 Our soul has escaped
as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; The snare is broken, and we have
escaped. 8 Our help is in
the name of the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
This Psalm is ascribed to David, and it records a time from his history, but the message is one that could apply to anyone. I believe this Psalm could be summed up with:
Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who can be against
Whenever we are on the
Lord’s side, He will be on our side. Yes, we will still have hardships to face
and enemies that will press in, but God will be there with us, and He will help
us. We must remember that it is our responsibility to be on the Lord’s side.
A lady once asked Abraham
Lincoln: “Mr. Lincoln, are you sure the Lord is on your side?” He responded, “Ma’am,
I am not really concerned about whether or not the Lord is on my side, but I am
mightily concerned about whether or not I am on the Lord’s side.”
It should be comforting
to us to know that our God is always standing near to help us no matter what
the situation may be, which is why the writer of Hebrews said:
Hebrews 13:5 Let
your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such
things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor
forsake you." 6 So we
may boldly say: "The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can
man do to me?"
The message of this Psalm would be encouraging to those of David’s time and to those who were returning back from Babylonian captivity, and it should be encouraging to us. Consider this quote from World War II:
During the twenty-three hundred bombings of the
Psalm 125:1 A Song
of Ascents. Those who trust in the LORD Are like
Trusting in God is
important to ever child of God because God has never failed us, and He never
will. This is a beautiful and comforting description of how our God protects.
It pictures God surrounding us like these mountains that surrounded
"Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around
all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his
possessions have increased in the land.
I really like this idea
of God providing a hedge of protection around His people.
3 For the scepter of wickedness shall
not rest On the land allotted to the righteous, Lest the righteous reach out
their hands to iniquity.
Throughout the history of
This is one reason I am
concerned about our nation, which was established as God fearing nation, but
now many in our nation are moving away from God and the more corrupt our nation becomes, the more likely
God is going to allow one of our enemies to overpower us.
4 Do good, O LORD, to those who
are good, And to those who are upright in their hearts. 5 As for such as turn aside to
their crooked ways, The LORD shall lead them away With the workers of iniquity.
Peace be upon
If there is one thing you can count on, it is that God will bless those who are upright in their hearts. Those who are upright in their heart are those who are committed to serving God to the best of their ability because they want to be pleasing to God. But for those who turn away from God to live a life of sin, they will be lumped in with all the other sinners.
This Psalm teaches us that if we want the protection of God, we need trust Him and be obedient to His will. As James said:
James 1:22 But be
doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of
the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a
mirror; 24 for he observes
himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the
perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful
hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
Now let’s look at our
final Psalm for the evening:
Psalm 127:1 A Song
of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain
who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in
vain. 2 It is vain for
you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so
He gives His beloved sleep.
This Psalm’s attributed
to Solomon and matches up with his style found in the book of Proverbs. This
Psalms emphasizes that if we try to do things on our own without God being involved,
then we are wasting our time. As God told
"You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough;
You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one
is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with
holes." 7 Thus says
the LORD of hosts: "Consider your ways!
In the book of Haggi, the
If God is not on your
side and it is not His will for you to succeed it does not matter how strong
you make your house or your nation, or how good you watchmen do their jobs, it
does not matter how early or late you stay up, if God is against you, you will
Several examples come to
mind. Such as the men and the
Or I think about the
parable of the farmer who wanted to build bigger barns for himself. He did not thank
God for what he was blessed with, nor did he consider sharing his abundance
with others and this is life was required of him. A story similar to this
was Lazarus and the rich man. The rich
man was prosperous on the earth, but his riches did him no good on the other
side of life because he went to the place of torment while Lazarus who was on
God’s side got to go to paradise where he received comfort.
Something that really
saddens me that I wish wasn’t true is that denominations fall into this is
category because the majority of people that attend them have never become
Christian even though think they have. Most denominations teach that you do not
have to be baptized to be saved, yet the Bible clearly teaches that baptism is
the point our sins are forgiven (Acts 2:38) and is the point we are put into
Christ (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3) So many of these poor people are laboring in the
name of the Lord, but they or laboring in vain because they are not laboring in
It’s kind of like those
men who tried to cast out a demon using the name of Jesus who had not obeyed
Acts 19:15 And the
evil spirit answered and said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are
you?" 16 Then the man in
whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed
against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
One can look like, act
like, and talk like a Christian, but until the obey the gospel, which includes
being baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of sins, they are not a
Christian and they have not been put into the protection of the Godhead. Again,
Jesus talks about people that were in this condition in:
Matthew 7:21 "
Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven,
but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 "Many will say to Me in
that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in
Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'
23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you;
depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
Even those that have
become Christians must still live in accordance with God’s Word. If they do not
worship God in accordance to God’s Word,
they will find themselves in opposition to God. If our homes are not built in
accordance with God’s Word in how we treat our mates and train our children our
homes will crumble.
Again the key idea, here
is summed up by Solomon in:
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us
hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man's all. 14 For
God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether
good or evil.
3 Behold, children are a
heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a
warrior, So are the children of one's youth. 5 Happy is the man who has
his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their
enemies in the gate.
Every child we have is a
blessing from God, and ultimately, they belong to the Lord. Back in ancient
times it was good to have large families because it gave you advantage when you
numbers were large. A quiver was as accessory that held their arrows and the
more arrows you had the better off you were and the idea is the more children
you had the better off you are.
God has always been concerned about the family and how we as parents raise them up. If we do not raise our children in the Lord, then they will grow up and grow away from God and from us. So, let us always strive to build our homes in accordance with God’s will.
The main though that has
come from all 5 of these Psalms is to trust in God and He will protect you and
always be there for you, but if you turn your back on Him, then His protection
will be removed and you will be treated like any other sinner who has rebelled