Psalms of Ascent: Psalm 120

Psalm 120 is a cry of distress to the Lord. The author speaks to the Lord about people who are speaking evil, with “lying lips” and “deceitful tongues”. 

The author cries out in misery to the Lord, and says the Lord will punish them with “a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom brush.”

Finally, the author says that even in his home, where he has lived a long time, he feels like a foreigner because he is surrounded by so much evil. Even when he tries to speak truth and peace, evil spills over. 

I think this speaks to our society today. People are arguing over opinions, politics, religion, and at this time, due to COVID-19, even the availability of toilet paper. People get angry at other people for either being overly cautious or not cautious enough.

But Psalm 120 reminds us that we can cry out to God in our times of distress, and He will hear us. What an assurance of peace that is!