Psalms for Turbulent Times - Part 13



by Jim Jester

July 25, 2021

Scripture Liturgy: Psalm 123: 1-4

“Unto Thee who dwellest in heaven have I lifted up mine eyes. Behold, as the eyes of servants are directed to the hands of their masters, and as the eyes of a maidservant to the hands of her mistress; so our eyes are directed to the Lord our God, until He have mercy upon us.” – Ps. 123:1-2, Brenton LXX

In Unison:

“Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us: for all men are looking down on us. For long enough have men of pride made sport of our soul.” – Ps. 123:3-4, BBE

This psalm is primarily a lament for the community of Israel, and was likely used in the temple as a liturgy. The first statement is in the first person singular and may have been sung by a priest. The remainder of the psalm is in the first person plural and was probably sung by the congregation.

“Unto Thee … have I lifted up mine eyes” (v. 1). Hard and bitter trial may come in one or more of many ways; but the text points to that of oppression, the cruel treatment of the weaker by the stronger. This may come to us in different forms than the psalmist: the IRS, unfair judges; or more personal problems, such as extreme medical issues and the seemingly endless suffering it brings. Where shall we turn? If there be no escape from it, as there often is not, we must find our refuge in God. When we have vainly looked around for help from man, “we lift up our eyes” to God, to Him that “dwelleth in the heavens.”

  • We recognize the fact that He has power to deliver us.
  • We believe that in His wisdom, He can interpose on our behalf.
  • We are sure that our suffering is not a matter of indifference to His heart, and that our cry enters His ear.
  • We must not be impatient, if the time or method of our choice should not prove to be His chosen time or method of deliverance.
  • We do well to continue our prayer for relief “until He have pity upon us” and rescue us.
  • Meanwhile we should: 1) let our trouble draw us nearer to divine fellowship with our Lord; 2) loosen our tie to this present world; and 3) enable us to give to those that witness our course, another illustration of the upholding grace of God. – Pulpit Commentary

The need for turning to God comes out of distressed conditions, albeit, that should not be the only reason. The restored exiles in Jerusalem were full of anxieties and perplexities; they could get no heart-rest by worrying and “looking down.” They found it by looking up to the steadfast heavens. The lifting up of the eyes implies faith and that God is ready and willing to help us, and is an expression of inward trust. There are many testimonies in the lifting up of the eyes to heaven.

1. It is the testimony of a believing, humble heart.

2. It is the testimony of an obedient heart. A man that lifts his eye up to God acknowledges this much, “Lord, I am thy servant.”

3. It is the testimony of a thankful heart; acknowledging that every good blessing, every perfect gift, is from the hand of God.

4. It is the testimony of a heavenly heart. He that lifts up his eyes to heaven acknowledges that he is weary of the earth.

5. It is the testimony of a devout heart. There is no part of the body, besides the tongue, that is so great an agent in prayer as the eye. – Pulpit Commentary

“Have mercy on us” (v. 3) is better translated, “Be gracious to us.” The enemies of God’s people are “at ease” (v. 4, KJV), or “secure,” in their privileged position and therefore scornful and proud. This is exactly how Democrats act when they win an election (or steal one). They gloat in their pride and make fun of those who disagree with them. Being enemies, they look down upon us with contempt. It is significant that the psalmist heaps no imprecation upon them (as often happens). Likewise, as the apostle Paul:

“Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.” – I Cor. 4:11-13

Perhaps the psalmist is saying, since we are asking God to be gracious unto us, we are going to be gracious, even to some of our enemies.

“…The contempt of the proud” (v. 4, KJV). Contempt by our enemies is painfully depressing, because it exaggerates our own sense of weakness, and so still further weakens us. Our sense of disability and insufficiency is often a great distress to us, and makes the struggle of life too difficult. Thus, what we need is some sign of confidence, some encouraging word, the cheer of someone who can see things a little brighter than we can. What can we do but turn away from man and yield toward God.

Speaking of “the contempt of the proud,” there is hardly any more contemptuous family than the Biden bunch, and surely, they feel the same way towards true Christians.

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Well, talk about “white privilege,” the Bidens have carved out privileged positions for the benefit of the whole family for years. I’ve heard that what’s in Biden’s laptop should be released (???) in January.

Another example of the “contempt of the proud,” or “men of pride,” is the San Francisco Gay Men’s Pride Chorus. They did a “satirical” (is it really?) video that they say is “extremely funny, amusing, and uplifting.” They also say, at their site, “The ditty is called ‘A Message From the Gay Community,’ and it’s a clever victory anthem about the gradual normalization of gay culture among the youth of America.” Here’s a picture of the video and the lyrics follow:

San Francisco Gay Men's choir with a message for us:  "We're coming after your children."You think we're sinful.
You fight against our rights.
You say we all lead lives you can't respect.
But you're just frightened.
You think that we'll corrupt your kids
If our agenda goes unchecked.
Funny, just this once, you're correct.

We'll convert your children
Happens bit by bit
Quietly and subtlety
And you will barely notice it.
You can keep them from disco
Warn about San Francisco
Make 'em wear pleated pants
We don't care...
We'll convert your children...
We'll make them tolerant and fair.

Just like you worriеd
They'll change their group of friеnds.
You won't approve of where they go at night
(to protests)
Oh, and you'll be disgusted (so gross)
When they start finding things online
That you've kept far from their sight
(like information...).
Guess what? You'll still be alright!

We'll convert your children
Reaching one and all.
There's really no escaping it
'cause even grandma likes Rupaul
And the world's getting kinder
Gen Z's gayer than Grindr.
Learn to love
Learn to vogue
Face your fate!
We'll convert your children
Someone's gotta teach them not to hate.

We're coming for them
We're coming for your children
We're coming for them
We're coming for them
We're coming for your children
For your children

You're children will care about
Fairness and justice for others.
Your children will work to convert
All their sisters and brothers.
Then, soon, we're almost certain
You're kids will start convertin' you!

The gay agenda is coming home.
The gay agenda is here!

But you don't have to worry
'cause there's nothing wrong with
Standing by our side (The Gay Agenda).
Get on board in a hurry
Because the world always needs
A bit more pride (The Gay Agenda).
Come on, try a little pride!

We'll convert your children
Then we'll turn to you.
Giving up the fear inside
Is freeing like you never knew!

Go and see San Francisco!
Go and turn up that disco!
You'll forget you were ever upset.
We'll convert your children
And make an ally of you yet!
We'll make an ally of you yet!
We'll make an ally of you yet!

Well, how nice! They are mocking Christians! But they are simply wrong. “The foolish shall not stand in Thy sight: Thou hatest all workers of iniquity” (Ps. 5:5).

Truly, we are looking to the Lord for our deliverance from the “proud.” Remember how king Jehoshaphat prayed, “…For we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon Thee” (II Chro. 20:12).

Psalm 141 Facing Temptation

“Lord, I have made my cry to you; come to me quickly; give ear to my voice, when it goes up to you. 2 Let my prayer be ordered before you like a sweet smell; and let the lifting up of my hands be like the evening offering.

3 O Lord, keep a watch over my mouth; keep the door of my lips. 4 Keep my heart from desiring any evil thing, or from taking part in the sins of the evil-doers with men who do wrong: and let me have no part in their good things.

5 Let the upright give me punishment; and let the god-fearing man put me in the right way; but I will not let the oil of sinners come on my head: when they do evil I will give myself to prayer.

6 When destruction comes to their judges by the side of the rock, they will give ear to my words, for they are sweet. 7 Our bones are broken up at the mouth of the underworld, as the earth is broken by the plough.

8 But my eyes are turned to you, O Lord God: my hope is in you; let not my soul be given up to death. 9 Keep me from the net which they have put down for me, and from the designs of the workers of evil. 10 Let the sinners be taken in the nets which they themselves have put down, while I go free.” – Psalm 141, BBE

Most theologians have applied this psalm to the time of Absalom’s rebellion; others, to David’s sparing the life of king Saul (q.v., I Samuel 24) when he had power over him. There could be some corruption of the text causing difficulty in translation, as seen in verses 6-7 with the obscurity of the allusions used in the text.

In his distress, David lifted up his voice and his heart to God in prayer; “…give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee” (v. 1, KJV). In his initial appeal for help, he asks that his “prayer be counted as incense” and the lifting up of his hands while praying is like the “evening sacrifice” (just as smoke rises). The psalmist does not repudiate material sacrifices, but does suggest that prayer may take its place:

“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.” – Ps. 69:30-31

“For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” – Ps. 51:16-17

“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” – I Pet. 2:5

The psalmist prays for spiritual protection in verses 3-4. He is tempted, and sometimes feels like what’s the use? “The wicked prosper; they eat well; and we, not so much. Lord, guard my lips, and keep my heart from evil things. I want no part even of their good things.” This prayer is for deliverance, not from dangers, but from temptation to sin in word or deed. The psalmist is not suffering from the hostility of the workers of iniquity, but dreads becoming infected with their sin. The psalmist wishes to keep clear of association with the corrupt society around him. He chose plain living, because he longed for high thinking, and noble doing with reverent speech.

Verses 5-6 reveals that his imprecatory prayer will continue to be against their wickedness, and that their judges are overthrown “by the side of the rock” (KJV says “in stony places”; others “over a cliff”), a cruel punishment inflicted upon ten thousand of the “children of Seir” during the reign of king Amaziah. “The army of Judah captured another 10,000 prisoners and took them to the top of a cliff and threw them down from there where they all were dashed to pieces” (II Chro. 25:12, ISV).

“Our bones are scattered…” (v. 7, KJV), is an expression denoting the extreme of suffering and hopeless calamity. When the prophet Ezekiel would express the overwhelming ruin under which Israel had sunk, he compares them to a valley of dry bones, many, and exceeding dry; and explains the allegory thus; “Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost” (Ez. 37:11).

A similar lack of hope and happiness has often characterized God’s people. David was hunted like a partridge upon the mountains, while Saul was on the throne. Moses was a fugitive and outlaw from Egypt. Paul was in bonds, while Festus was on the bench. Job was on the dunghill. Christ was a prisoner at the bar, while Herod sat on the judgment seat. Those “of whom the world was not worthy” (Heb. 11:38) were destitute, afflicted, and tormented.

The psalmist also prays for literal protection in verses 8-10. “Our bones are scattered” (v. 7, KJV); “…but mine eyes are unto Thee” (v. 8, KJV). His enemies are compared to hunters: “Protect me from the trap laid for me and from the snares of those who practice evil. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I come through” (v. 9-10, ISV).


America is in a mess; we are systematically being dis-assembled day by day from our constitutional and Biblical founding at the hand of corrupt politicians, judges, and yes, ministers of churches that do not accept the truths of the Bible regarding race; especially the identity of true Israel. Our people are so blind! But maybe, as the country falls apart, they will suddenly start to see once again as our forefathers saw it. Many of them knew that America was Israel.

Isaiah the prophet describes the blindness and forgetfulness of Israel:

18 Give ear, you whose ears are shut; and let your eyes be open, you blind, so that you may see. 19 Who is blind, but my servant, who has his ears stopped; but he whom I send? Who is blind as my true one, or who has his ears shut like the Lord’s servant? 20 Seeing much, but keeping nothing in mind; his ears are open, but there is no hearing.

21 It was the Lord’s pleasure, because of His righteousness, to make the teaching great and give it honour. 22 But this is a people whose property has been taken away from them by force; they are all taken in holes, and shut up in prisons: they are made prisoners, and no one makes them free; they are taken by force and no one says, Give them back.

23 Who is there among you who will give ear to this? Who will give attention to it for the time to come? 24 Who gave up Jacob to those who took away his goods and Israel to his attackers? Did not the Lord? He against whom they did wrong, and in whose ways they would not go, turning away from His teaching. – Isa. 42:18-24, BBE

This passage cannot possibly apply to the Jews. This, in a nutshell, is the plight of Israel nations today; they have forgotten who they are. The Judeo-churches do not teach them of their identity. They still think the “Jews” are God’s chosen. I would say the following to convince them.


Keep in mind that the term “Israel” and the term “Jews” are not synonymous. Israel in the Bible refers to the people of God, which are completely different from today’s Israeli Jews. The word translated “Jews,” however, refer only to those of the tribe of Judah (there are 11 more tribes). The term “Jew” is an incorrect designation and a slang term: it should be Judahite or Judean.

The country we call “Israel” today, for the most part, contains Jews. That being the case, it should be called “Judea.” Of course, it is not because the country was named “Israel” in 1948 by the Jews, under the authority of the British, for payment of U.S. participation in World War I. This fake appellation of “Israel” provides effective camouflage for the political ambitions of the Jews. Everybody is fooled and taught, from cradle to grave, the big lie that “the Jews are God’s chosen people.”

The true people of Israel, however, have long been gone from the Middle East beginning 734 B.C., with the captivity and dispersion of the Israelites of the divided kingdom. When Jesus Christ appeared on the scene, a demographic change was underway. Most of the Jews lived in the southern part of Judea, which was the land of Edom (their predecessors). Jews also had taken over most of the political power, including the temple. This is why Jesus always had a problem with the Jews, and was why He lived in Galilee farther to the north with many other true Israelites. History proves that a demographic change to the nation always destroys that nation. America is facing this now as dark races displace us by breeding out our pure race. And, as in Jesus’ day, they took political and religious power at the bidding of the Jew.

You might ask then, what happened to the true Israelites of the dispersion? They had migrated into Europe and became the White nations we know today. Today’s Jews (Israelis) are imposters who have stolen our identity as Israel. Furthermore, they work behind the scenes, as our worst enemy, concocting schemes to cause us, as a nation, to sin against our God (race-mixing being chief). Have they succeeded? Quite well! Our nation is not being blessed by the Jew; it is being destroyed! Just look at how they support liberal agenda and mock Christians on TV. Furthermore, the Jews know who they are and have never forgotten, as true Israel has. That alone ought to disqualify them as being “the chosen people.”

We long to see the day, “When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever.” – Ps. 92:7

Let us pray:

“Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy, for we have had more than enough of contempt. Our lives overflow with scorn from those who live at ease, with contempt from those who are proud.” – Psalm 123:3-4, ISV

Psalm 141 by Isaac Watts, “My God Accept My Early Vows” RETREAT, “From Every Stormy Wind”

1. My God, ac-cept my ear-ly vows,
Like morn-ing in-cense in Thine house;
And let my night-ly wor-ship rise
Sweet as the ev-‘ning sac-ri-fice.

2. Watch o’er my lips, and guard them, Lord,
From ev-‘ry rash and heed-less word;
Nor let my feet in-cline to tread
The guil-ty path where sin-ners lead.

3. O may the right-eous, when I stray,
Smite, and re-prove my wan-‘dring way!
Their gen-tle words, like oint-ment shed,
Shall nev-er bruise, but cheer my head.

4. When I be-hold them pressed with grief,
I’ll cry to heav’n for their re-lief;
And by my warm pet-i-tions prove
How much I prize their faith-ful love.