Our next fifteen psalms (120–134) are designated by the title, “A song of ascents.” This phrase may indicate that these psalms were sung by priests or worshippers as they climbed the hills toward Jerusalem and the steps toward the Temple. Our passage for today reminds us that even in our distress we have the Lord as our ever-present help.
A song of ascents.
1 I call on the Lord in my distress,
and he answers me.
2 Save me, Lord,
from lying lips
and from deceitful tongues.
3 What will he do to you,
and what more besides,
you deceitful tongue?
4 He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows,
with burning coals of the broom bush.
5 Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek,
that I live among the tents of Kedar!
6 Too long have I lived
among those who hate peace.
7 I am for peace;
but when I speak, they are for war.