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Psalm 120-122

Supplemental notes for the Daily Bible Study Bible Reading Plan

by Wayne Blank

Psalm Chapter 120

Some of the Psalms (120 to 134) are variously introduced as a "Song of Ascents" (as here in the RSV), Song of Degrees or Song of Steps. The meaning of the term probably refers to the singing of them on the journey up to Jerusalem during one of the Holy Day festivals (see the Fact Finder question below). Hence the reason that they are also known as Pilgrim Songs/Psalms.


"A Song of Ascents.

In my distress I cry to The Lord [see The God Of The Old Testament to understand Who that was, and is], that He may answer me: "Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue."

What shall be given to you? And what more shall be done to you, you deceitful tongue? A warrior's sharp arrows, with glowing coals of the broom tree!

Woe is me, that I sojourn in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar! Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war!" (Psalm 120:1-7 RSV)

Psalm Chapter 121

"I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come?" in this Psalm will be asked, and answered, in due time: "It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of The Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come, and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of The Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us His ways and we may walk in His paths." For out of Zion [see Zionism] shall go forth the law, and the word of The Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (Micah 4:1-3 RSV)


"A Song of Ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? My help comes from The Lord, who made heaven and earth [see Christ The Creator].

He will not let your foot be moved, he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel [see Physical and Spiritual Israel] will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life [see Through The Gates Of Hell]. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and for evermore." (Psalm 121:1-8 RSV)

Psalm Chapter 122

King David (see Israelite Monarchy - The Origin, The Civil War and The United Kingdom) also wrote a Song of Ascents because David understood that he was merely a prototype of the ultimate King of Israel to come (see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah).

King David leading The Ark

"A Song of Ascents. Of David.

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of The Lord!" Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! [see Physical and Spiritual Gates]

Jerusalem, built as a city which is bound firmly together [see The City To Come], to which the tribes go up, the tribes of The Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of The Lord. There thrones [see The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth] for judgment [see When Will You Be Judged?] were set, the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! [see Christ the Conqueror For Peace] "May they prosper who love you! Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers!" For my brethren and companions' sake I will say, "Peace be within you!" For the sake of the house of The Lord our God, I will seek your good." (Psalm 122:1-9 RSV)

Fact Finder: What are the only Christian Holy Days that God accepts as genuine?

Christ's Passover
Christ's Feast of Unleavened Bread
Christ's Pentecost
Christ's Feast of Trumpets
Christ's Day Of Atonement
Christ's Feast of Tabernacles
Christ's Eighth Day

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