ASCENDING TO THE HOUSE OF GOD
(In Distress For Help - Psalm 120 and 121)
Pastor Don Fortner
Added to that, God's pilgrim
was constantly aware that he dwelt in Meshech. Meshech was the son of
Japheth. His descendants were the people to the north of
Therefore he ascends to the house of God seeking relief from the distress felt in his soul, distress caused by the idolatry surrounding him in this world. Here are the longings of the believing heart under distress, finding comfort in the Lord Jesus. - "In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me. Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech!"
Turning his eyes, his heart,
and his mind away from all that troubled him, the pilgrim looks away to
Christ on his throne in Psalm 121. He is our Help. He is our Keeper. He
will preserve us from all evil. He will preserve our souls! - "I will lift
up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help." The temple was
"He will not suffer thy foot
to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that
Like David, we sometimes cry,
because of our unbelief, "My feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh
slipped!" But our safety and security do not depend upon us.
In all times, in all circumstances, though we may be weak and fainting, "He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness before him" (1 Sam. 2:9). His grace is sufficient. He is our Strength. O that we might have grace to confidently trust him!