Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

God who answers . . .

Psalm 120:1-7 NLT

[1] I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.

[2] Rescue me, O LORD, from liars and from all deceitful people.

[3] O deceptive tongue, what will God do to you? How will he increase your punishment?

[4] You will be pierced with sharp arrows and burned with glowing coals.

[5] How I suffer in far-off Meshech. It pains me to live in distant Kedar.

[6] I am tired of living among people who hate peace.

[7] I search for peace; but when I speak of peace, they want war!

Reflection . . .

“Psalm 120 is sometimes called a pilgrim song because it was sung as the Israelites were going up to Jerusalem to celebrate the annual feasts. In this particular song the pilgrims’ trouble involved deceitful people who constantly harassed them and lied about them. They had suffered among the “scoundrels of Meshech” (v. 5), their own people who should have been peaceful but wanted only war. As the psalmist cried out to God for deliverance and poured out his pain, he felt confident that God was answering his prayers. God was his center, and prayer his first resource. He had taken his troubles to the right place, so even before anything had changed in the situation, he could thank God for answering his prayer. We may not be on our way to Jerusalem, but as believers we, too, are pilgrims and sojourners in this world and will face opposition. We may encounter harassment and trouble beyond our ability to handle. Others may lie about us or betray us, as David experienced, but this passage assures us that when we take all our troubles to God and cry out to him, he will answer our prayer.” 1

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1 Praying Through the Bible, December 1 – The Pilgrims Song