What does it say?
- Read Psalm 120
- What kind of song is this?
- How is the psalmist described?
- What trouble does he face?
- Who does he address?
What does it mean?
- What is a song of ascents? When and why were they sung?
- What distress did the psalmist face and why?
- Why might lying lips and a deceitful tongue distress the author?
- How do verses 3 and 4 fit with 1 and 2?
- In your own words, what is the answer to verse 3?
- Where are Meshech and Kedar?
- Would the author be living in both those places at once?
- What else might it suggest?
- What does it mean that the psalmist is for peace but those among whom he lives are for war?
- Is there anything in this passage which points to or foreshadows truths of the gospel? (Remember there might be many answers to this question: does it mirror Jesus in any way? Anything pointing to sin, judgment, salvation, God's love, etc.?)
- How many connections can you make?
How should it change us?
- How does the psalmist model faith?
- How are you tempted to lie or be deceitful? How does the consequences of such action help us overcome it? How does it comfort those who are distressed by liars around them?
- How does this psalm encourage us to be faithful in the midst of a fallen world with sin all around us? How does the gospel enable us to do that?