- 124. What salutary reflections does the psalmist draw from the narrow escape that has occurred? How do past experiences buoy up present faith? What ought we to learn from them?
- Of what two things did the mountain beneath, and the mountains around, Jerusalem speak to God’s people? With Ps.125, cf. Deut. 33:27-29a.
- In Ps. 126, what are the effects of God’s intervention? Note the significance of the illustrations used. What kind of hope does such recollection inspire?
- 127 and 128. What is the secret of true prosperity? Cf. Ps. 37:5-7; Prov.3:5-8.
- 129. What two permanent truths concerning the life of the servants of God in the world are set forth here? Compare the experience of the Servant in Is. 50:4-10, and the example of Jesus as the Servant of God in 1 Pet. 2:19-23.
Psalm 130 & 131
- Study the psalmist’s attitude in prayer. On what things dose he particularly concentrate:(a) about himself, and (b) about God? How does his renewed contact with the Lord enable him to encourage others?
- What four things does the psalmist say about himself in Ps. 131? Cf. Matt. 11:29; Phil. 4:11-13, 17,18.
This is another psalm describing the procession into the temple as the king enters for his coronation. With him he brings the ark, the symbol of God’s presence, as David did on the first occasion of this sort.
- What lessons do we learn about the presence of God among his people? What did it mean to the king as he looked at his responsibilities for his own life and for the life of the nation? Cf. 2 Sam. 7:1-17.
- How do failures to enjoy blessings and promises of this sort arise? See how some of the kings went astray (1 Kgs. 11:1-6; 15:1-5; Kgs. 13:1-6).
Note. Verse 6. ‘Ephrathah’ is the ancient name of Bethlehem, the home of David (see NBD, p.330), and ‘the fields of Jaar’ mean kiriath-Jearim (1Sam. 7:1ff.; 1 Chr. 13;5ff), where the ark rested before David brought it to Jerusalem.