and taught. God has saved his people in the past; and that is wonderful. The enmity of Sanballat and his party found expression in secret schemes, which may well be likened to the "snare of the fowler." … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 126" The waters, deep river and angry Our soul is escaped as a bird, &c. — This is the third image by which the marvellous deliverance of Israel is illustrated. Psalm 122:4 mentions that the pilgrims gathered in Jerusalem to give thanks. by Hank Workman. means "do good things to". » If [it had not been] the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; Ver. 120-134), and find other places where we could use the word "bless". David says, Israel’s help is in the name of the Lord. The *temple was God’s house in Jerusalem. This line tells us what the danger was. This is how the *Jews said the psalm: A man at the front said writers wrote after the life of Jesus. The enemies lay snares for God's people, to bring them into sin and trouble, and to hold them there. The enemies lay snares for God's people, to bring them into sin and trouble, and to hold them there. people agree to do something. If it had not been the L ord who was on our side —let Israel now say— 2. if it had not been the L ord who was on our side, when our enemies attacked us, 3. then they would have swallowed … David penned this psalm (we suppose) upon occasion of some great deliverance which God wrought for him and his people from some very threatening danger, which was likely to have involved them all in ruin, whether by foreign invasion, or intestine insurrection, is not certain; whatever it was he seems to have been himself much affected, and very desirous to affect others, with the goodness of … He made *heaven and earth. The deliverance of the church. PSALM 124 OVERVIEW. still alive, like a bird that got out of a *trap. The account of the peril is given in Nehemiah 6:1-19. waters are all like pictures of the enemy. God suffers the enemies of his people sometimes to prevail very far against them, that his power may be seen the more in their deliverance. The notes in Psalm 124 imagines what would happen without God, and it is a picture of complete devastation. Men do not swallow their enemies alive, so here we have the metaphor of some terrible monster swallowing its victims. Then we see repetition in verses 9 and 10 that mirrors verses 7 and 8. He did not let them eat us. Psalm 124. One line in the psalm "climbs" on the line in front of it. David thought that the Philistines would win, but they did not. (1-5) Thankfulness for the deliverance. (6-8). Psalm 124. Psalms in Hebrew. Of David. This means that it repeats the line. This repetition, no doubt, is to emphasize what’s being said and heighten the excitement surrounding the entering of the Ark into Jerusalem. Hebrew ~ the language that the Jews spoke; they wrote the "Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowler." Evil, hostile men were the problem. He brings about a peace that makes no sense in the midst of turmoil. Besides applying this to any particular deliverance wrought in our days and the ancient times, we should have in our thoughts the great work of redemption by Jesus Christ, by which believers were rescued from Satan. Psalms chapter 124 KJV (King James Version) 1 (A Song of degrees of David.) Then they had swallowed us up alive (Psalms 124:3). Psalm 124 Commentary. But God made them free! Guzik Bible Commentary © 2013 David Guzik - No distribution beyond personal use without permission - For more information and resources visit EnduringWord.com Psalm 124 imagines a bird escaping, wings flapping, perhaps with a screech. Psalms 124 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary has been valued for generations and consulted by Bible scholars everywhere picture that means "destroyed us". was fighting the Philistines. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. writers wrote before the life of Jesus. Psalm 124. © 2020 Christianity.com. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical works on the Hebrew … Israel. There were 15 steps from where the women stood to where the men stood outside the *temple. This means that they wanted to kill the Chapter 124. The notes in Psalm 120 explain what this means. 124. Their In particular, "it has been sung by the holy martyrs, who having left this world, are with Christ in happiness, ready to take up incorrupt again those same bodies that before were corruptible. It can also mean the sky. If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;. 1. Birds have wings, and were meant to fly free, to glorify God by having plumage and by taking to the air! Of David. Sometimes they seem to prevail; but in the Lord let us put our trust, and we shall not be put to confusion. Forerunner Commentary Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown John Wesley's Notes Matthew Henry People's Commentary (NT) Robertson's Word Pictures (NT) Scofield: Definitions: Interlinear: Library: Topical Studies: X-References: Commentaries: No entry exists in Forerunner Commentary for Psalms 124:1. 1. Look at the Psalms for Climbing, (Psalms (Psalms 124:2). If God had not sent help, the river the angry waters would have gone over our heads and drowned us. It seems that in our day we are reluctant to admit that our only hope in all circumstances of life is God. The enemy was not a river. The theme of restoration that began with Psalm 80 in Advent 1, and Psalm 85 in Advent 2, is continued this week in Psalm 126. All Rights Reserved. Psalm 124: 1 “If it had not been for the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say; (124:2) “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us”. picture of what the enemy could do. 124 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say; 2 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us: 3 Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: 4 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: 5 Then the proud waters had gone over our soul. A bird should not be entrapped, and even a child knows it. Read the start of Psalm 124 for an example. There is truth to the statement: God is either for us or against us. God gave them all help to beat their enemies. Read the story of Peter in Matthew 14:22-33. covenant ~ two people have agreed what each should do (here, In this psalm, the theological theme of restoration is knitted together with the theme of rejoicing. 1 A song of ascents. It is a word-picture. Commentary on Psalm 124:6-8 (Read Psalm 124:6-8) God is the Author of all our deliverances, and he must have the glory. Psalm 124:2 "If [it had not been] the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:" This he repeats both for the confirmation of it, and to excite the attention of the Israelites to it. Had it not been for the Lord Who was with us, let Israel declare now. God and his people). Our Help Is in the Name of the LORD - A Song of Ascents. It’s always been that way. Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. 1 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say; 2 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Verse 1: *LORD is the *covenant name of God. Of course the superfine critics have pounced upon this title as inaccurate, but we are at liberty to believe as much or as little of their assertions as we may please. This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level A (1200 words). enemies wanted to eat (destroy) Israel. and their children. They are his people because he chose them. Augustine offers an articulated commentary to the psalm. God is the Author of all our deliverances, and he must have the glory. Verse 7: A *trap is something to catch an animal or bird 2. From the series: Psalms: The Hymnal Of Israel, Book V (Psalms 107-150) PREVIOUS PAGE | NEXT PAGE Psalm 124 Bible commentary on the Book of Psalms, chapter 124, by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Later, Hezekiah and Nehemiah may have used this 1–2; 3–4; 5–6; 7–8): Before exploring the meaning of this passage in detail, here is the whole passage for your consideration from the NIV: Most people translate this "bless". There are several reasons why God’s people are his. Audio Commentary: Psalm 124 Psalm 124 1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; 2 David felt that Israel was in a *trap. LORD ~ the covenant name of God. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. person that sent us help is the *LORD. – Thanking God for the Help Only He Can Bring. Show content in: English Both Hebrew. Lord ~ master. He then said, "Now Israel say it". Psalm 126 expresses the great joy for God's restoring work. 4 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: To get the maximum benefit from this study, please open your Bible and read Psalm 124 first. As well as to observe that it was not once only, but again and again, many times the Lord appeared to be on their side. God's delivering ways. Verse 6: Again, "eat us" means "destroy us". Psalm 124 is another Song of Ascent by David which was composed for the people to sing as they were on their way to Jerusalem for a feast day. And they to". A Pilgrim Song of David. The product is one of the grandest, most eloquent lyrical prayers in the Psalter. Psalm 124, NKJV. Verses 2 - 5: "Eaten us alive" is like a picture that means "destroyed us". He guides our steps and leads us forward. The Philistines lived west of David’s people, Psalm 124 imagines what would happen if God did not intervene to help. It was a hostile army, not an earthquake, a monster, or a flood. Some Bible students think that David wrote this psalm when he Psalm 124 is an honest prayer, and reminds us that no matter how difficult our lives become, God is on our side. In verse 6, it says "say good things people of Israel. The snare is broken. Jesus; in the *Old Testament it usually means God. repeated what he said, and then the rest of the psalm. 2. They declare that there are certain ornaments of language in this little ode which were unknown in the Davidic period. It is also about what Christians believe and do. Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 124 « Previous Chapter 123. ExplainingTheBook.com. Next » Chapter 125. Here we see David leading Israel in giving thanks to God for past … Psalms 124:6, Psalms 124:7. v7   We are free and us". Verse 7. This psalm is titled A Song of Ascents. So you need to see that God saves people now, in the present day and age. 1-5 If God hadn’t been for us —all together now, Israel, sing out! Chapter 124. Another Title. Psalm 24 Commentary Verse 9. the beginning of verse 1. psalm. Happy the people whose God is Jehovah, a God all-sufficient. For those whom God is with, His presence and leading is every present. Psalm 124:7-8. Verse 6: Again, "eat us" means "destroy Of David. v6   We will say good v8   The name of the The waters, deep river and angry waters are all like pictures of the enemy. things to the *LORD. 2 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:. The *trap became broken and we are free. In the first place, he observes that this psalm is properly sung by the "members of Christ, who have reached blessedness." He strengthens His people to follow. In some ways it’s almost the exact opposite of John Lennon’s famous song “Imagine.” John Lennon imagined a world without God or heaven and thought it would be a better place. gave David and his people help. It is about the things that Jesus did heaven ~ the home of God. We need help. Psalms 124:1 « A Song of degrees of David. Let us rejoice that our help for the time to come is in him who made heaven and earth. Old Testament ~ the first part of the Bible, which the trap ~ something that people use to catch a bird or an Jew ~ a person who is born from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob In the *New Testament it usually means David Guzik commentary on Psalm 126, the seventh of the 15 Songs of Ascent. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. Of David. Psalm 120 explain what this means. A Song of Ascents. Christians, like everyone else, often deal with suffering. What Psalm 124 means. But the river was like a As the men climbed the steps, they sang one psalm on each step. Verses 2 - 5: "Eaten us alive" is like a New Testament ~ the last part of the Bible, which the Study Psalm 124 using Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning ... --George Barlow, in a "Homiletic Commentary on the Book of Psalms," 1879. Tucker explains the structure of Psalm 121 as a division of four strophes (vv. A Song of degrees of David. "Bless" also in. God 1. But God did not let them do it. The early church was no stranger to suffering. A covenant is when two If it had not been the Lord, &c.] God may far better say than our Henry VIII, Cui adhaereo, praeest, He whose part I take is sure to prevail. word-picture is the river in verses 2 - 5. Read Psalm 24 9 Meaning. would have drowned Israel. But it is not enough to know that God did such things for your parents or grandparents. -- A Song of degrees of David. Sometimes they seem to prevail; but in the Lord let us put our trust, and we shall not be put to confusion. Psalm 124 A lesson from Psalm 124. 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