When You’re at Mesech and Kedar
Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar! ~Psalm 120:5
Psalm 120 is one of 14 psalms that are known as the Psalms of Ascent. The Jews recited Psalms 120-133 as they walked up the mountain to Jerusalem to celebrate the national feasts. This psalm was written by David and must be read along with Psalm 52. It describes to us David’s response to trouble. He described his troubles as sojourning in Mesech and dwelling in the tents of Kedar. This morning, let us see lessons on how we should deal with trouble that wears away at us.
We see David’s menace.
Doeg the Edomite gave an evil report about David to King Saul. David described the verbal destruction of Doeg as lying lips, a deceitful tongue, and a false tongue. He described the character assassination as sharp arrows of the mighty with coals of juniper. When we are the victim of lies and words that are meant to ruin us, we feel betrayed, hurt, and afraid.
We see David’s misery.
David was very afraid of what King Saul would do to him. He said, “Woe is me”! He was in deep despair and thought that things were hopeless. He described the place he was at in life as sojourning in Mesech and dwelling in the tents of Kedar. Mesech is in a rugged, mountainous region north of Bethlehem. The tents of Kedar describe the dwelling place of the Arab Bedouin. He was wandering. He felt like he was lost. He felt like he no longer had a home to go to. He was sorely discouraged and thought that running away would help him escape.
We see David’s move.
When your adversary has destroyed your character and you feel like you want to escape, what should you do? David said that he cried unto the Lord. David went to prayer. He told the Lord all his troubles. He told the Lord what Doeg said and how he didn’t know what to do next. The only way of escape from distress is through prayer. God allows trials and difficulties into our life to teach us to pray and trust in Him. We must pray like we are in a trial or God will send us trials to teach us to pray.
We see David’s mercies.
What was the result? The Lord heard him. God always hears our prayers. He doesn’t promise us the means of relief and deliverance, but we can be assured that He hears us. As we read 1 Samuel, we read how David grew through his trial. He was strengthened and bolstered in his faith. His example showed the men who came to him that God is greater than our fears and foes. He saw that he had nothing to fear with God on his side. He also saw God vindicate him from the evil things that were said about him. David experienced the mercies of God in his life.
Maybe you are at a place where your soul is sojourning in Mesech and dwelling in the tents of Kedar. Don’t despair, but commit your circumstances to the Lord and watch His mercies see you through your troubles.
Have a peaceable God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Luke 23-24