PSALMS 120 DON’T DELAY THE DISTRESS IS CRUSHING
A DELIRIOUS CRY V.1
AN ANGUISHED CRY In my distress I cried
AN ANTICIPATIVE CRY unto the LORD,
AN ATTENDED CRY and he heard me.
The Psalmist felt distressed. He was being squeezed by a tight confining situation. He did the wisest thing he could do by lifting it all to the Lord.
A DELIVERANCE CRAVED V.2-4
FREEDOM FOR MY LIFE V.2 Deliver my soul, O LORD,
FREEDOM FROM LIES
FALSEHOODS from lying lips,
When others are lying about us we pray to the Lord for deliverance. “In God’s sovereignty even lying lips will be turned to his deliverance.” Josh Moody
FABRICATIONS and from a deceitful tongue.
FRUSTRATIONS V.3 What shall be given unto you?
FUTILITY or what shall be done unto you
FORGERIES You false tongue?
There is deep hurt in our soul from the false slander from others. Things have been arranged out of context against us. We want to see them caught in the trap they’ve set for us. It’s hard to ingest our resentments but we need to turn it over to God.
FORTUNES OF LIARS V.4
REPAID WITH A SHARP STAB Sharp arrows of the mighty,
REPAID WITH A SCORCHING SEAR with coals of juniper.
It can to take our sharp scorching hurts and forgive. We want to see consequences and results that stab and sear. But Jesus has showed us how to forgive.
A DISTURBING COMMUNITY V.5-6
AN IRRITATING VISITOR Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech
AN IRRATIONAL VAGRANT that I dwell in the tents of Kedar
AN INCENSED VIOLATOR V.6 My soul has long dwelt with him that hates peace.
Mesech and Kedar are the ancestors of Islamic nations. They claim to be promoting peace but war appears from their hearts.
A DECENT COMMITMENT V.7
TRANQUIL CALM I am for peace:
TACTFUL COMMUNICATION but when I speak,
TERRORIZING COMBAT they are for war.
When others are for war we have to leave them in God’s hands. This is the most important step in dealing with lies and slander, which is to be in the right place before God. We are not defined by the lies that people say about us. We are defined by the truth of what God says about us. We cannot control others responses. We leave that between them and God. We give up our right to play judge, jury, and executioner all rolled into one. This is the way of peace.