Psalm 120

A Song of Ascents.

1 In my distress I cried to 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 to you, or what shall be done to you, you false tongue?

4 Sharp arrows of the warrior, with coals of the broom tree!

5 Woe is me, that I dwell in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar!

6 My soul has dwelt too long with one who hates peace.

7 I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.


The Songs of Ascent, fifteen psalms that are written as a progression, a journey upward, ascension, if you will.  This one, being the first, is a great starting point.  It basically says, I don’t like where I’m at, God lead me out.  It speaks of being surrounded by liars and angry quarrelsome people, but I think the best answer to who the problem people are, is answered with an anonymous poem.

Two natures beat within my breast.

One is evil the other blessed.

The new I love.

The old I hate.

The one I feed will dominate.

It may be strange to comment on a poem with another poem, but I think it fits.  A more Biblical response might be found in Romans chapter 7, that basically says, I want to do right, but still can’t stop myself from doing wrong.  Save me from this body of death.  What is the first step in improvement?  Realizing the need for it.

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