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Psalms 122-123

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The Position of Jerusalem; Confidence in the Lord’s Grace and Mercy

Psalms 122-123

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Lesson Number 90

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The city of Jerusalem is still central to God’s program.
  2. God gives grace to help in time of need.

Practical Application

  1. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
  2. Expect deliverance from the mockery of unbelievers.

Questions

  1. Give a possible occasion for Psalm 122.
  2. To what part of the earth will the Lord return one day?
  3. What city on earth will become the capital of our Lord’s kingdom?
  4. What is the topic of Psalm 123?
  5. Give a possible occasion for Psalm 123.

Answers

  1. This psalm may have been written by David shortly after he brought the Ark up to Jerusalem, the new capital of the nation.
  2. To the Mount of Olives, which is part of Jerusalem (see Zechariah 14:3-4)
  3. Jerusalem (see Zechariah 14:9-11). The city of Jerusalem is still central to God’s program.
  4. The psalmist is looking with trust to the Lord for deliverance from those who are mocking God’s people.
  5. If this psalm was written by King Hezekiah, then it could have been at the time of Assyria’s attack on Jerusalem by Sennacherib. During this Assyrian siege, Rabshakeh, Sennacherib’s spokesman taunted and mocked the Jews. (See 2 Kings 18)

Discuss/Consider

  1. Discuss what you know of the history of Jerusalem. Do you know about the Jews miraculously regaining control of the Old City after the State of Israel’s War for Independence in 1948? Jerusalem continues to be a hot topic for political discussion. Lasting peace will one day come to Jerusalem, when the Lord returns.
  2. Hebrews 4:16 assures us that God gives grace to help in time of need. This grace will not come too early, or too late, but right in your time of need. Recall a time God has given you grace like this.

Challenge

  1. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Will you make this a regular part of your prayer time?

Key Verses

  • “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces.’” Psalm 122:6-7
  • “Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorn of those who are at ease, With the contempt of the proud.” Psalm 123:3-4

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