Psalm 124 – The LORD the Defense of His People

Beloved, from where does your help come from? David, at Psalm 124, as he ascends to Jerusalem to worship, has considered the answer. But first he considers all that would be fall him if the LORD God was not his defense. 1 “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,” Let Israel now say— 2 “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, When men rose up against us, 3 Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their wrath was kindled against us; 4 Then the waters would have overwhelmed us, The stream would have gone over our soul; 5 Then the […]

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Psalm 123 – Prayer for Relief from Contempt

In Psalm 123’s Song of Ascent, we are told who to worship and then why. First, dear reader, who will you worship? 1 Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. 2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the Lord our God, Until He has mercy on us. And now I’ll tell you why. 3 Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. 4 Our soul is exceedingly filled With the scorn of those […]

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Psalm 122 – The Joy of Going to the House of the LORD

When you wake up on Sunday morning, are you excited to go to church? Have you ever stood outside of a box office (actually, these days, tickets are all bought online) but have you logged-in the moment tickets were available and upon entrance to that event were you excited to get there and to be there? The Psalmist of Psalm 122 wants you to feel this way when entering the presence of your Lord, in worship. 1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” 2 Our feet have been standing Within your gates, […]

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Psalm 121 – God the Help of Those Who Seek Him

In this second “Song of Ascent,” a foundation of thinking is given for every Christian to dwell upon. In other words, believer, before you go out into this world, read, and believe this psalm. It should be the foundation of all your thinking, searching always for the the glory of God in every decision you make. 1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither […]

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Psalm 120 – Plea for Relief from Bitter Foes

Psalm 120 begins a series of psalms that come with the title, “A Song of Ascents.” It is thought that these were the psalms that God’s people of old sang on their pilgrimages towards Jerusalem, looking to celebrate the yearly feasts. The Psalmist begins with the solution to his distress. 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. Verses 3 and 4 considers the fierceness of the psalmist’s enemies. 3 What shall be given to you, Or what shall be done to you, You false tongue? 4 Sharp arrows […]

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Psalm 119 – Meditations of the Excellencies of the Word of God

Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the Bible (176 verses). It is broken up into 22 sections—each section titled with a letter from the Hebrew alphabet. Today we shall consider only the first and the last verse of this psalm that proclaims the excellencies of the Word of God, that is, the Law of God. 1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord! If we want to know God, and His love, in fact, we need to know His law. It is foundational. It is unchangeable. It is a standard that stands outside of our […]

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Psalm 118 – Praise to God for His Everlasting Mercy

Psalm 118 is a psalm of thanks and mercy. It’s Verses 1 and 29 bookend the thought. 1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 29 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. If we count up from Verse 1 to Verse 8 we receive this profound truth: 8 It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man. If we count down from Verse 29 to Verse 22 we receive this profound truth: 22 The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. Let us then put our trust in the Lord, the Chief Cornerstone, Jesus […]

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Psalm 117 – Let All Peoples Praise the LORD

Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm in the Bible, and yet, profound for the world to consider. 1 Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! 2 For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! The psalm is a call to the world to be thankful to LORD for the world that we have and the providence of His grace upon it. Even in our fallen state, let us praise the LORD. And then let the Christian share the old old story of Jesus and His love. And let the world praise the LORD forever […]

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Psalm 116 – Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death

Who do you love? The psalmist of Psalm 116 gives us his answer to this question. 1 I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. 2 Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. What does such love look like? The rest of Psalm 116 declares such things. 3 The pains of death surrounded me, And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. 4 Then I called upon the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!” 9 I will walk before the Lord In the land of […]

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Psalm 115 – The Futility of Idols and the Trustworthiness of God

  • By Rev. Pete Van't Hoff
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  • February 28, 2024

Who or what will you worship? The psalmist of Psalm 115 weighs your options. 1 Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth. 2 Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?” 3 But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. 4 Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands. 5 They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see; 6 They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell; 7 They have hands, but they do not handle; […]

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