-Theme: A prayer for deliverance from false accusations and deceitful people who want no peace.
-Historical Insight: This is technically an anonymous Psalm, but some have attributed it to Hezekiah, King of Judah. This chapter begins the “Song of Ascents” or “Pilgrim Psalms.” These were songs the faithful Jewish people would sing in celebration and reverence as they made their way to the Temple for the appointed feasts of the Law. Everything in Hebrew literature speaks of going “up” to the Temple, thus the “ascending” is very important as they came before God. Psalm 120 begins the journey in a distant-hostile land. Psalm 122 pictures the pilgrims arriving in Jerusalem, and the rest of the ascent psalms up through chapter 134 move more and more toward the Temple mentioning various characteristics of the LORD.
-*Application* How do you handle hostile situations where people are lying about you or your character? Do you, in trouble and weakness, cry out to the LORD as your ultimate strength? He will answer with gentle confidence in our times of struggle with accusers. He is the true Deliverer from a deceitful tongue. Keep seeking peace during your sojourn on earth, and never mind those haters. Let your love exude from your inner man, changed and transformed by the renewing of Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit (Romans 12:1-2, Titus 3:5, 1 John 4:7).
Verse to Memorize: Psalm 120:7