Psalm 120

Psalm 120:1-7


OVERVIEWThe first of a series of psalms (Psalms 120-134) known as the Songs of Ascent that worshipers would sing as they traveled to Jerusalem for one of three annual festivals (Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles). In this psalm, the psalmist calls on God for deliverance from the evil others spew.

BIG IDEATrust God to bring peace when others bring chaos.

KEY VERSEPsalm 120:1
I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.

If you feel your chest tighten with anxiety, or if you are at a loss for words when expected to speak, call on me. If your body temperature rises from worry or a stress-filled situation makes you nervous, cry out to me. Whether you utter my name aloud or silently pray, I am with you and hear you. Even more, I am for you and love you. Invite me to lead your life.

Don’t be surprised by the challenges you face or by those who mock or criticize you. But do choose your words wisely. Be slow to speak for your tongue can destroy or bless. It can bring healing or hatred. Learn to hear my voice amidst the chaos. Choose to follow me and bring peace into homes of hatred. Show others what it means to love. Show others what it means to bless and forgive. When you do that, you honor me. And when you feel you can’t do that, I will provide everything you need.

Every time you look in the mirror or see your reflection, remind yourself that God is with you and has not forgotten you.


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