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.
3 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.
5 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.
The next 15 Psalms (120-134) are known as the “Psalms of Ascent” or the songs for “going up.” They were the songs commonly sung by the Israelites on their journey back to Jerusalem three times a year for the required feasts (see Deuteronomy 16:16). Imagine traveling through the hillsides surrounding Jerusalem as you make your way with other weary travelers, united in song and looking forward to laying your eyes on the Temple, God’s dwelling place. These songs were also sung by the priests as they entered into the Temple area for their time of service.
We too are on a pilgrim journey to our eternal home of promise. As we journey, what better way than to recognize our need of Him and remind ourselves that this world is not our home (like the Psalmist recognizes in 120 v. 5)?
Our weary journey is eased by the traveling partners that God has put in our lives. Is there one who God has placed to travel with you? Anyone who figuratively will sing you songs of encouragement? Praise the Lord for his mercy and the traveling partners He provides for your journey!
Wife, Mother, Nurse