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Psalm 121         

I lift my eyes to the mountains
Thence shall help come to me
My help is from the lord
Who made heaven and earth.

May He not suffer your foot to slip
May He slumber not who guards you
Indeed He neither slumbers or sleeps
Not the Guardian of Israel.

The lord is your guardian
The Lord is your shade
He will stand beside you
No harm will come to you.

The Lord will guard you from evil
He will guard your life
He will guard your coming and going
Both now and forevermore.


 About Psalm 121

The Lord our Guardian
A song of Ascents
Safety of the godly, who put their trust in God’s protection.
There are only 8 verses to this Psalm.
It lists all the things the Lord does for us.
Help comes from Him; He does not slumber; The lord is your keeper; The lord is your shade; The lord shall preserve you from evil; The lord shall preserve your soul.Forevermore.
Such love.
Lord ,help us to remember this psalm today and know You are watching and caring for us.


121:1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills.
Where does my help come from?
121:2 My help comes from Yahweh,
who made heaven and earth.
121:3 He will not allow your foot to be moved.
He who keeps you will not slumber.
121:4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
121:5 Yahweh is your keeper.
Yahweh is your shade on your right hand.
121:6 The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
121:7 Yahweh will keep you from all evil.
He will keep your soul.
121:8 Yahweh will keep your going out and your coming in,
from this time forth, and forevermore.




Psalm 122         

Let us go to the house of the lord
Now we have set our foot within
The gates of Your Jerusalem.

To Jerusalem the tribes go up
According to the decree
To give thanks to the Name of the lord
In the seat of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
May all who love you prosper
May peace be within your walls
Prosperity in You buildings.

Because of my relatives and friends
I say “Peace be with you”
Because of the House of the Lord
I will pray for your good.



About Psalm 122

David professes his joy for the people of Israel..
A Song of degrees.
David’s great love for the house of God, Jerusalem was his city.
Verse 6 is a powerful verse for us today. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
It comes with a promise: They shall prosper that love thee.
David prays for peace within its walls and prosperity within its palaces.
Lord, You love the gates of Zion , give us a greater awareness of Your plan for Jerusalem and each of us. Cause us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and its people.
122:1 I was glad when they said to me,
“Let’s go to Yahweh’s house!”
122:2 Our feet are standing within your gates, Jerusalem;
122:3 Jerusalem, that is built as a city that is compact together;
122:4 where the tribes go up, even Yah’s tribes,
according to an ordinance for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of Yahweh.
122:5 For there are set thrones for judgment,
the thrones of David’s house.
122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Those who love you will prosper.
122:7 Peace be within your walls,
and prosperity within your palaces.
122:8 For my brothers’ and companions’ sakes,
I will now say, “Peace be within you.”
122:9 For the sake of the house of Yahweh our God,
I will seek your good.

Psalm 123         

To You I lift my eyes
Who are enthroned in heaven
So are our eyes on the Lord
Our God.

Behold as the eyes of the servants
Are on the hand of their masters
As eyes of the maid on her mistress
So our eyes on You.

Have pity on us O lord
For we are sated with contempt
Our souls are being mocked
The contempt of the proud.


About Psalm 123

The godly profess their confidence in God.
Another Song of Ascents.
Four times “eyes” are mentioned.
1.Lift up my eyes;
2.eyes of the servant
3.eyes of a handmaid
4.eyes wait upon the Lord.
There are only 4 verses to this Psalm so it is easily remembered.
I picture a servant looking to his master, like the servant of the Queen of England, must watch her every gesture to see what she wants.
Lord ,help us to keep our eyes on You and wait upon Your desires.
123:1 To you I do lift up my eyes,
you who sit in the heavens.
123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress;
so our eyes look to Yahweh, our God,
until he has mercy on us.
123:3 Have mercy on us, Yahweh, have mercy on us,
for we have endured much contempt.
123:4 Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scoffing of those who are at ease,
with the contempt of the proud.



Psalm 124     

Had not the Lord been with us
Let Israel say
When men rose against us
They would swallow us up

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Who made Heaven and Earth
Help is in the name of the Lord
Who made Heaven and Earth

When the fury was inflamed
Against us
Torrents would have swept us over
Raging Waters

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Who made Heaven and Earth
Help is in the name of the Lord
Who made Heaven and Earth

Blessed the Lord didn't leave us
Prey to their teeth
We were rescued like a bird
From the fowler's snare

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Who made Heaven and Earth
Help is in the name of the Lord
Who made Heaven and Earth


About Psalm 124

The godly bless God for a miraculous deliverance.

A Song of David.

Picture the Israelites singing this Psalm on the journey to Jerusalem, Jesus among them. They had been in so many battles against their enemies and they recognized that only God could have saved them

Lord, we put our trust in You today. You are our Savior and Defender.

124:1 If it had not been Yahweh who was on our side,
let Israel now say,
124:2 if it had not been Yahweh who was on our side,
when men rose up against us;
124:3 then they would have swallowed us up alive,
when their wrath was kindled against us;
124:4 then the waters would have overwhelmed us,
the stream would have gone over our soul;
124:5 then the proud waters would have gone over our soul.
124:6 Blessed be Yahweh,
who has not given us as a prey to their teeth.
124:7 Our soul has escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare.
The snare is broken, and we have escaped.
124:8 Our help is in the name of Yahweh,
who made heaven and earth.


Psalm 125  

They who trust in the lord
Are like Mount Zion
Which is unshakeable
Which stands forever more.

The mountains surround Jerusalem
So the lord be
Surrounded by His people
For Now and evermore

Do good O lord to the good
And to the upright of heart
Lead away the evildoers
Peace be on Israel.


About Psalm 125

Prayer for the godly, and against the wicked.

Safety of such as trust in God.

This psalm played  a big part in my early journey  learning the scriptures.  I was confronted with a situation that caused me great difficulty, I was learning this Psalm at the time so I said it over and over and trusted in God to deliver me. He responded and saved me   and gave me a great victory.

Only 5 verses. The Word of God is powerful and sharper than a two edged sword, trust in Him.

Lord, today, we trust You in every circumstance, we keep our eyes focused on You, our Lord and maker.

Psalm 125

125:1 Those who trust in Yahweh are as Mount Zion,
which can’t be moved, but remains forever.
125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so Yahweh surrounds his people from this time forth and forevermore.
125:3 For the scepter of wickedness won’t remain over the allotment of the righteous;
so that the righteous won’t use their hands to do evil.
125:4 Do good, Yahweh, to those who are good,
to those who are upright in their hearts.
125:5 But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways,
Yahweh will lead them away with the workers of iniquity.
Peace be on Israel.


Psalm 126         

When the Lord brought back the captives
We were like men dreaming
The our mouths were filled with laughter
And with rejoicing.

Then they said among the nations
God has done great things
Great things He has done for them
And we are glad indeed

Restore our fortunes O Lord
Like torrents in the desert
They that sow in tears
Shall reap rejoicing.

Although they go forth weeping
Carrying seed to be sown
They shall come back rejoicing
Carrying their sheaves.


About Psalm 126

 The Israelites, celebrating their incredible return out of captivity, pray  for and prophesies the good success thereof.

A Song of Ascents.

When I prayed over this Psalm (for whatever the Lord wanted written as a melody), I fell in love with it.

V.2 then was our mouth filled with laughter, even their enemies said the Lord hath done great things for them.

Lord, help us to celebrate your great victory over evil and cause us to laugh  with delight at all the wondrous things You have done for us.

Psalm 126

126:1 When Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion,
we were like those who dream.
126:2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
“Yahweh has done great things for them.”
126:3 Yahweh has done great things for us,
and we are glad.
126:4 Restore our fortunes again, Yahweh,
like the streams in the Negev.
126:5 Those who sow in tears will reap in joy.
126:6 He who goes out weeping, carrying seed for sowing,
will certainly come again with joy, carrying his sheaves.


Psalm 127     

Unless the lord build the house
They labor in vain
Unless the lord guard the city
In vain the guard keeps watch.

It is vain for you to rise early
Or put off your rest
You that eat hard earned bread
He gives to his beloved in sleep.

Behold sons are a gift from the Lord
The fruit of womb is reward
Like arrows in the hands of warrior
Are the sons of one’s youth.

Happy the man whose quiver
Is filled with them
They shall not be put to shame
With enemies at the gate.


About Psalm 127
The Vanity of human endeavors without
God’s blessing.
Children are His gifts.
Another short Psalm of 5 verses.
It is a Song of Degrees for Solomon.
It is so important to put the Lord as the Head of the Family.
This is a verse of a song I wrote some time ago:
When Love is spoken in the family
When love is shared around the meal
When Love is taught in word and deed
That’s the family with Christ as the Head.

Psalm 127

A Song of Ascents. By Solomon.

127:1 Unless Yahweh builds the house,
they labor in vain who build it.
Unless Yahweh watches over the city,
the watchman guards it in vain.
127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
to stay up late,
eating the bread of toil;
for he gives sleep to his loved ones.
127:3 Behold, children are a heritage of Yahweh.
The fruit of the womb is his reward.
127:4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty man,
so are the children of youth.
127:5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.
They won’t be disappointed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.



Psalm 128  

Happy are you who fear the lord
Who walk in His ways
You shall eat of the fruit of work
Happy shall you be.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine\
In the recesses of your house
Your children like olive plants
Around you table.

The lord bless you from Zion
May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
May you see your children’s children
Peace be upon Israel.


About Psalm 128
Sundry blessings which follow those who fear God.
A Song of Degrees.
This Psalm has 6 verses centered on the goodly, godly family. Speaks of all the blessings that flow from God to the man who fears and walks with the Lord.
Verse 3 applies to our household where there were 9 children around our table.
No matter how many in your family, put God first and you will be blessed.

Psalm 128

A Song of Ascents.

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
    who walks in his ways!
You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
    you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
    who fears the Lord.

The Lord bless you from Zion!
    May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life!
May you see your children's children!
     Peace be upon Israel!


Psalm 129         

Much have they oppressed me
From my youth O Israel
Much have they oppressed me  Lord.

Upon my back the plowers plowed O God
Yet they prevail not against me

May They all be put to shame who hate Zion.
May they be like grass which withers
The blessing of the lord be on Zion
Bless in the name of the lord.


About Psalm 129
God’s goodness I saving Israel out of their great afflictions. Prayer against the haters of Zion.
A Song of Degrees
This is certainly a prayer for Israel today, God has done mighty things for the people. verse 7 says The blessing of the Lord be upon you. No matter how much the Israelites were persecuted god was with them, so it is today. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Psalm 129

A Song of Ascents.

129:1 Many times they have afflicted me from my youth up.
Let Israel now say,
129:2 many times they have afflicted me from my youth up,
yet they have not prevailed against me.
129:3 The plowers plowed on my back.
They made their furrows long.
129:4 Yahweh is righteous.
He has cut apart the cords of the wicked.
129:5 Let them be disappointed and turned backward,
all those who hate Zion.
129:6 Let them be as the grass on the housetops,
which withers before it grows up;
129:7 with which the reaper doesn’t fill his hand,
nor he who binds sheaves, his bosom.
129:8 Neither do those who go by say,
“The blessing of Yahweh be on you.
We bless you in the name of Yahweh.”
Psalm 130           

Out of the depths I cry to You
O Lord Hear my cry
Let Your ears be attentive to
The voice of my petitions
Lord hear my voice

If You mark iniquities
Who can stand
But with You there is forgiveness

I trust in the lord
My soul trusts His Word.
That Your way be revered.

About Psalm 130
The Psalmist in distress professes his hope in prayer; his patience in hope; exhorts Israel to hope in God.
This lament, a Penitential psalm, is the De profundis used in liturgical prayers for the faithful departed. In deep sorrow the psalmist cries to God asking for mercy.
Always the psalmist prays with hope, verse 7: For with the Lord is kindness, with him is full redemption.
Lord, we cry out to you today, hear our plea, we hope in You in all our circumstances. Thank You for your loving kindness.

Psalm 130

A Song of Ascents.

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
    O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
    to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
    O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
     that you may be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
    more than watchmen for the morning,
    more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
    For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
    and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
    from all his iniquities.



Psalm 131          

O lord my heart is not proud not my eyes haughty
I busy mot myself with great things
Nor with things too sublime for me

Nay rather I have stilled and quieted my soul
Like a weaned child
Like a weaned child on its mother’s lap
So is my soul within me.


Psalm 131
Humble Trust in God
A Song of trust, in which the psalmist gives up self –sufficiency, like a babe enjoying the comfort of her(his)mother’s lap, thus providing a model for Israel’s faith.
This Psalm is only 3 verses yet so lovely. It is quite a picture of contentment .
Lord, help us to be content and trust in You, no matter what the circumstances look like.

Psalm 131

A Song of Ascents. By David.

131:1 Yahweh, my heart isn’t haughty, nor my eyes lofty;
nor do I concern myself with great matters,
or things too wonderful for me.
131:2 Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with his mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
131:3 Israel, hope in Yahweh,
from this time forth and forevermore.


Psalm 132        

Arise O Lord to Your resting place
And the ark of Your majesty
Arise O Lord to Your resting place
And the ark of Your majesty.

May Priests be robed in righteousness
And Your faithful ones will shout for joy
The Lord said to David your offspring
Would sit upon your Throne.

Zion is my resting place
In her will I dwell
I will bless her with abundance
Her poor will fill with bread
Her priests will clothe with salvation.



Psalm 132

Titled : The Covenant between David and God.
David’s prayer at the removing of the ark.
A song for a liturgical ceremony in which the ark, the throne of Israel’s God, was carried in procession to the temple. The singer asks that David’s care for the proper housing of the ark be regarded with favor, and tells how it was brought to Jerusalem, There follows God’s promise of favor to the Davidic dynasty and to Zion .Remember the first time David tried to bring the ark to Jerusalem it turned into a disaster. I love this Psalm, I tyr to imagine the grandeur of the Procession as David danced before the Lord with joy and sound of cymbals.
Lord, cause us to do everything in Your order, to follow Your way and not the way of self or the world.

Psalm 132

A Song of Ascents.

132:1 Yahweh, remember David and all his affliction,
132:2 how he swore to Yahweh,
and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
132:3 “Surely I will not come into the structure of my house,
nor go up into my bed;
132:4 I will not give sleep to my eyes,
or slumber to my eyelids;
132:5 until I find out a place for Yahweh,
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
132:6 Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah.
We found it in the field of Jaar:
132:7 “We will go into his dwelling place.
We will worship at his footstool.
132:8 Arise, Yahweh, into your resting place;
you, and the ark of your strength.
132:9 Let your priest be clothed with righteousness.
Let your saints shout for joy!”
132:10 For your servant David’s sake,
don’t turn away the face of your anointed one.
132:11 Yahweh has sworn to David in truth.
He will not turn from it:
“I will set the fruit of your body on your throne.
132:12 If your children will keep my covenant,
my testimony that I will teach them,
their children also will sit on your throne forevermore.”
132:13 For Yahweh has chosen Zion.
He has desired it for his habitation.
132:14 “This is my resting place forever.
Here I will live, for I have desired it.
132:15 I will abundantly bless her provision.
I will satisfy her poor with bread.
132:16 Her priests I will also clothe with salvation.
Her saints will shout aloud for joy.
132:17 There I will make the horn of David to bud.
I have ordained a lamp for my anointed.
132:18 I will clothe his enemies with shame,
but on himself, his crown will be resplendent.”



Psalm 133        

Behold how good it is and how pleasant
When brethren dwell as one
Where brethren dwell as one.

It is like the ointment upon the head
Runs down over the beard
Over the beard of Aaron
Down the collar of robe.

It is a dew like Mount Hermon
Which comes down the mountain
For there the lord has pronounced
Blessing, life forever.


Psalm 133

A Vision of a Blessed Community
A Song of Ascents. Of David
A Benediction over a peaceful community, most probably the people Israel, but also appropriate for Israelite families.
When I went to Israel and saw Mt. Hermon ,I pictured the scene of this Psalm. It is majestic , you can see the dew coming down upon it. Remember in Psalm 23, David says “He anoints my head with oil , my cup overflows”, it is the same thought.
Lord, thank You for such beautiful pictures, help us to realize what a blessed community should be like, how good.

Psalm 133

A Song of Ascents. By David.


133:1 See how good and how pleasant it is
for brothers to live together in unity!
133:2 It is like the precious oil on the head,
that ran down on the beard,
even Aaron’s beard;
that came down on the edge of his robes;
133:3 like the dew of Hermon,
that comes down on the hills of Zion:
for there Yahweh gives the blessing,
even life forevermore.



Psalm 134         

Come bless the lord all ye servants
Who stand by night in the house of the Lord
Lift up your heads toward the Holy Place
And bless , bless the Lord…

Psalm 134

Exhortation to the night Watch to Bless God
A brief liturgy exhorting the temple singers to acknowledge the great deeds of God at a night service. Mount Zion is the place from which blessings affect the lives of humans, for there Israel’s God dwells. Servants of the Lord were the priests and levites.
This is a very short Psalm- 3 verses.
The Levites took turns at night to praise the Lord.
Lord, help us to praise You during the night watches.

A Song of Ascents.

134:1 Look! Praise Yahweh, all you servants of Yahweh,
who stand by night in Yahweh’s house!
134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary.
Praise Yahweh!
134:3 May Yahweh bless you from Zion;
even he who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 135    

Praise the Name of the lord
Praise ye servants of the Lord
Who stand in the courts of the Lord
Praise the Lord for He is good
Sing praises to His Name
For the lord has chosen Jacob.

For I know the lord is great indeed
Greater then all other gods
All that He wills He does
On Heaven and on earth

House of Israel bless the lord
House of Aaron bless the lord
House of Levi bless the lord
You who fear the Lord bless Him too..


Psalm 135

Praise of God, the Ruler and Benefactor of Israel
This Psalm begins and ends with an invitation to praise God for the great act of choosing Israel .
verse 4 Though all nations are God’s , Israel has a special status as God’s “treasured” people. Ex.19:5.

Psalm 135

135:1 Praise Yah!
Praise the name of Yahweh!
Praise him, you servants of Yahweh,
135:2 you who stand in the house of Yahweh,
in the courts of our God’s house.
135:3 Praise Yah, for Yahweh is good.
Sing praises to his name, for that is pleasant.
135:4 For Yah has chosen Jacob for himself;
Israel for his own possession.
135:5 For I know that Yahweh is great,
that our Lord is above all gods.
135:6 Whatever Yahweh pleased, that he has done,
in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps;
135:7 who causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth;
who makes lightnings with the rain;
who brings forth the wind out of his treasuries;
135:8 Who struck the firstborn of Egypt,
both of man and animal;
135:9 Who sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, Egypt,
on Pharaoh, and on all his servants;
135:10 who struck many nations,
and killed mighty kings,
135:11 Sihon king of the Amorites,
Og king of Bashan,
and all the kingdoms of Canaan,
135:12 and gave their land for a heritage,
a heritage to Israel, his people.
135:13 Your name, Yahweh, endures forever;
your renown, Yahweh, throughout all generations.
135:14 For Yahweh will judge his people,
and have compassion on his servants.
135:15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the work of men’s hands.
135:16 They have mouths, but they can’t speak.
They have eyes, but they can’t see.
135:17 They have ears, but they can’t hear;
neither is there any breath in their mouths.
135:18 Those who make them will be like them;
yes, everyone who trusts in them.
135:19 House of Israel, praise Yahweh!
House of Aaron, praise Yahweh!
135:20 House of Levi, praise Yahweh!
You who fear Yahweh, praise Yahweh!
135:21 Blessed be Yahweh from Zion,
Who dwells at Jerusalem.
Praise Yah!

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