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The Song of Degrees

By Atif Himadeh

The songs of degrees are the Psalms from 120 to Psalm 134. The number of the psalms of degrees are fifteen and the meaning of degrees is steps ascending only. Maaloot is a noun from the word alah in the Hebrew language which means ascending (going up). In the temple before entering the holy place there is fifteen steps. On the day of the Atonement the high priest carries the blood into the Holy of Holies and as he ascend the fifteen steps the priests will start to sing the psalms of degrees. When he ascends the first step they will sing psalm 120, and when he ascends the second they will sing psalm 121. The high priest will continue ascending and the priest will continue singing until they will sing the fifteen Psalms of degrees. 

 

 

Sermon Outline

Psalm  120 - A Song of Degrees

 Psalm  120 - SALVATION

 

 

 

1In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

 2Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

 3What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?

 4Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

 5Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!

 6My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace.

 7I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.

In my distress I cried unto the Lord. I am distressed because of my lying lips and my deceitful tongue. The Lord's conviction of sin was like Sharp arrows of the mighty. These arrows were with coals of juniper. When the wood of the juniper tree is set on fire it is impossible to quench it. This tells us that these were sharp fiery arrows.  "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." Eph. 6:16 

Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar! Woe is me, I sojourn in Mesech, that is to say I went astray in my ways in living in the tent of Kedar. Kedar and Cedron are from the same root word which means dark and death. In another words I was dead in trespass and sin. I was dwelling with the one that hate peace that is the devil. Lord I want to repent and now I want peace with God.

I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me. I cried to Him, I prayed to Him, I called upon His name and He heard me and delivered my soul from perishing in the burning fire of hell.  

Sermon Outline - Psalm 120

 

1. In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.
2.
Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. 3. What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? 4. Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper. 5. Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar! 6. My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace. 7. I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.

I. In My Distress 

    1. I am distressed because of lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.  

    2.  I am distressed because of conviction of sin which was like sharp arrows of the mighty loaded with coals of juniper.

    3.  When the wood of the juniper tree is set on fire it is impossible to quench it.

    4.  The devil tempt us so we sin. The holy spirit convict us of sin so we cry unto the Lord.

    5.  Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar! Mesech I went astray in my ways in living in the tent of Kedar. (Kedar or Cedron means dark and death.)

    6. I am sinner dead in trespass and sin. Eph. 2: 1

    7.  I was dwelling with the one that hate peace that is the devil. 

    8. Lord I want to repent and have peace with God.

II. I cried unto the Lord

    1. I cried unto the LORD, I prayed and called upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

    2. I confessed that I am a sinner and I cannot save myself

    3. I wanted to do good but my heart is wicked so I need help. Jer. 17: 9. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

           4. I cried Lord Jesus Christ please save me and wash me with your blood you shed on Calvary, come into my heart.

Rev. 1: 5] And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

    5. Eph. 1 : [7] In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

III. The Lord Jesus Christ heard me and He saved me and He gave me Eternal Life.

    1. Now I am rejoicing because I have peace with God

    2. Now I am sure that I have eternal life.

    3. Now I testify the Lord Jesus Christ bought me with His blood that He shed on Calvary.

    4. Now I am sure I am going to heaven and not to hell.

    5. Now I am going to tell the whole world that the Lord Jesus Christ is the one that saved me and I am saved not because of my good works.

Eph. 2: 8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    6. God will keep my salvation.

1 Peter 1: 3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4] To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5] Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 

 
 
Psalm of degrees 121 - PROVEDENCE  

 1I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

 2My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

 3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

 4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

 5The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

 6The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

 7The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

 8The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. The Lord will help, and keep, and preserve the believer. My help cometh from the LORD, the Lord will come to help me and He himself will be my help. The word translated from in Hebrew is me-aam. The word me is from and the word aam is with. So that will be my help is from the Lord and with the Lord. The Lord Himself will come down to this earth to redeem me as in Isaiah "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14  

The Lord that keeps us do not slumber nor sleep, and does not allow our feet to slip(to be moved). He is the God that made the heaven and the earth and He will care for us and He will preserve us from all evil body  and soul and for evermore.

Sermon Outline - Psalm 121   -  Verses 1-2

PROVEDENCE

 

[1] I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2] My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3] He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4] Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5] The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6] The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7] The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8] The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

From where my help comes from the mountains or from the Lord.

My help comes from the Lord on the hills

I. My first help comes from mount Sinai

       1.From the Lord on mount Sinai

       2. God gave Moses the law on this mountain

       3. The law helps me to know that I am a sinner

       4. The law helps me to know I need a sacrifice

       5.  The law helps me to know that I need a savior

II. My second help comes  from mount Salem - peace

       1. This helps me to know that God is the foundation of peace.  Heb. 7: [1] For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 2] To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; 3] Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

       2. The high priest in the temple make a sacrifice a type of how I can have peace with God. This will help me go to the top of mountain

       3. The top of mount Salem is called mount Calvary

       4. I come to the Lord on mount Calvary and He will help me.

       5. I see he shed His blood for me; He wants to help me.

       6. I cry unto the Lord and He will listen to my prayer and he will give me what I have asked Him.

       7. Please Lord forgive me wash me with your blood Give me eternal come into my heart.

       8. God in flesh on Calvary will help and make me a new creature, He will give me a new heart, He will put in me the Holy Spirit.

III. My third help comes from the Lord on mount of the beatitude

       1. The Lord on this mountain taught me

       2. How to grow by grace blessed from 1-9 verses 3-12

I.                Poor in Spirit.-

II.           Members do not remain babies.

III.      Members quickly confess their sins and forsake them that morn shall be comforted

IV.      Members show patience, humility, and gentleness

V.           Members who hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled (read or study the Bible) hungry to eat to grow to the full stature obey thirsty to be filled—pray and pray

VI.      Members forgive each other from the depth of their hearts merciful obtain mercy. Matt. 6:12

VII. Members who do not sin in their hearts see God.

VIII.        Members who are going out to win souls to Christ peacemakers

IX.      Members who are rejoicing because they are being persecuted for Christ's sake

 

 


Sermon Outline - Psalm 121- Verses 3-8

Psalm of degrees -   PROVEDENCE    -121

1] I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2] My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3] He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4] Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5] The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6] The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7] The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8] The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

My help comes from the Lord on the hills

I. The Lord Jesus Christ will help me when I walk with Him.

    1. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved(slip)

 He will take care of you all the time. God himself is walking with you. God himself is my help. From with.

    2. The Lord Jesus Christ that keep you will not slumber.

The story of the girl on the ship in the storm. The girl asked is my father on the ship they said yes she went back to deep sleep knowing my father will take care of me. My father in heaven does not sleep and He will take care of me so I can sleep on his promises.

The story of the woman asking the king to pay her what the thieves stole from her. She said I was asleep why because You are awake with your police. The king gave her because she put her trust in him and his government. When we trust the Lord he will take care of us because He does not slumber nor sleep.

  II. He will keep you. The LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand

     As long as there is light there is shade and as long as you are walking in the light the Lord Jesus Christ  the lord will be with you will never leave at all. On the right hand when you are doing the right thing He will be always with you.

III. He will keep you. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night

    1. The sun shall not smite thee by day

The sun can kill a person. 2 King 4:  18] And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. 19] And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. 20] And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.

The glory of God kills every sinner

If you look directly to the sun you become blind this is to teach us also we cannot see the glory and live.

    2. The moon shall not smite thee by night

The radiation that comes out of the moon also hurts.

The temptations of the devil will hurt.

IV. He will keep you.  The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

       1. Going out to witness

       2. Coming in to fellowship with the Lord

       3. For ever

Mat. 28:  18] And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19] Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.



 

Psalm of Degrees   - 122

Fellowship

 

 1I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

 2Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.

 3Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:

 4Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD.

 5For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

 6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

 7Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

 8For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

 9Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.

King David is saying I am glad to go to the house of the Lord. The purpose of going to the house of the Lord is for fellowship with God and for  fellowship with other believers. The number of believers in this church age was and is a small number. The people believing in Jerusalem were from all the parts of the world visiting Jerusalem. After 70 A.D. for some time There was no believers in Jerusalem. Even now the number of the born again Christians is very small. So Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, Pray that people will accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their saviours.
David was in Jerusalem and he said our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. God gave him to write this verse which will happen in the future in the millennium. In the millennium I will be within the gates of Jerusalem.
For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. If David was the king and he is on the throne. Why was he seeing thrones of judgment? To whom are these thrones?  "And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."  Matthew 19:28 This will happen in the millennium
  

I will be also in the compact Jerusalem, that is the new Jerusalem on the new earth in the new heaven.



 

Sermon Outline - Psalm 122

Psalm of Degrees- 122  -  Fellowship

[1] I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. 2] Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. 3] Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: 4] Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD. 5] For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.
[6] Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 7] Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. 8] For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.
9] Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.

I. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

       1. Why we go to the house of the Lord? To have fellowship with the Lord.

       2. David said I was glad. to go to the house of the Lord.

       3. Also he was glad to see people saying let us go

       4. Also he was glad to see the tribes go up to give thanks unto the name of the Lord. 

II. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.

       1. David you are the king why are you saying Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem? why you are not saying I am sitting on the throne in Jerusalem?

       2. David is speaking about the millennium when the Lord is sitting on the throne with the Apostles.

       3.  For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David

       4. Mat. 19:  28] And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

       5. I am glad in the millennium I will be within thy gates.   

III. Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together

       1. Psalm 122 is about our fellowship with the Lord.

       2. We go to the house of the Lord to have fellowship with the Lord.

       3. We also will have fellowship with the Lord in the Millennium, David will not be on the throne.

       4. We will have fellowship with the Lord in the New Jerusalem and forever  they shall prosper that love thee.

They will rest that love Jerusalem.   

The ultimate rest in the new Jerusalem and forever.

IV. Why Pray for the peace of Jerusalem?

       1. Peace be within thy walls (fortress) no war

       2.  Prosperity within thy palaces (Rest) inside war

       3. At the end of the Millennium there will be problems.

Rev. 20:  7] And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8] And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9] And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

 

Psalm of degrees  -  123

 

1. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. 2. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us. 3. Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt. 4. Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.

I. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.

        1. The old testament saints lift their eyes to the Lord who is sitting down  in heaven.      

 The word dwellest In Hebrew is youshave  which means  to sit             

II. The high priest is climbing the steps to reach the Holy Of Holies a symbol of the throne of God. To be in the presence of the glory of God that is shining unto  the ark of the covenant.

       3. The Lord Jesus Christ John 17: 1,4,5  1] These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:  four more days

John 20:  17] Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Mat. 28: 9] And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

III. Our eyes wait upon the LORD our God

        1. The eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters

        2. The eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress

       3. Our eyes wait upon the LORD our God who is sitting down on the throne as God the Judge.

      4. Until that he have mercy upon us.

              5. We are waiting for a sign from the Lord to have mercy on us

IV. Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us.

       1. To have mercy upon us He shed his blood on the cross.

       2. He carried the blood to the throne of God

       3. He is now going up to the Holy of Holies of heaven to present the blood to God.

       4. When God in flesh presented His blood to God in glory, He came back and said to his Apostles

Mat. 28:  18] And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19] Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Acts 7: 55] But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

V. Why we need mercy

      1. We are filled with contempt because of sin

We need mercy before God so He can wash our sin by His blood.

       2. Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.

      The scorning now brings us blessings

Mat. 5: 10] Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

 

Psalm of degrees  -124

Psalm 124: 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: 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. 6] Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. 7] Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. 8] Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

In the time of persecution the Lord is with us to help us

The born again believer's help is in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ

I. The Lord will help us when people will rise against us.         

       1. Men scorn us 

      2. Men persecute us        

II. The Lord will help us when the persecution will try to go over our soul like a steam of water.

       1. They will persecute us with purpose to drown our souls.

       2. They will try to persecute us hoping that we deny our Lord. Our Lord will help us.

       3. He will not let the waters to drift us to the dead sea

 

III. The Lord will help us so that we will not be a prey to their teeth.

       1. Irish girl accepted Christ was kicked out of her father's house  by the priest, born again neighbor took her in, the priest ordered her back to the father. But she remained to her faith. the priest send her to America to her brother a most bigoted(narrow-minded) Catholic and a violent man. When she reached the U.S. her brother told her that he have accepted Christ three weeks ago.  

IV. The Lord will help us and deliver us from snare of the fowlers

       1. God will break the snare   

       2. God will help us to escape        

       3. One way of escape God will deliver us  from persecution 

       4. Another way of escape will He will let us die and we will fly away like a bird to be with the Lord.

 

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