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Episode: “Psalms 120 & 121”
From the UN headquarters in Jerusalem and nearby Ein Prat, Jeff reminds us that King David had to deal with deceitful enemies and times of distress but realized that his sure source of help was the Lord.
Series: “Psalms of Ascent”
In this eight-part television series, Jeff and Sandra examine Psalms 120 to 134, which are known as the “Psalms of Ascent.” While these psalms may have been sung by ancient Jews going up to the Temple in Jerusalem, they are surprisingly appropriate and timely for Believers today. Eitan Shishkoff from Haifa and the music of Marty Goetz are also featured.

Caption transcript for Psalms of Ascent: “Psalms 120 & 121” (1/8)

  • 00:09 ♪PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM♪
  • 00:14 ♪JERUSALEM♪
  • 00:17 ♪MAY THEY PROSPER WHO LOVE YOU♪
  • 00:21 ♪JERUSALEM♪
  • 00:24 ♪IT'S FOR THEM MY BRETHREN AND COMPANION'S SAKE♪
  • 00:30 ♪I WILL PRAY FOR YOU♪
  • 00:34 ♪JERUSALEM♪
  • 00:45 SHALOM AND WELCOME TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 00:48 I'M SANDRA AND I AM SO EXCITED TO BE PART OF THIS NEW SERIES ON THE PSALMS OF ASCENT...
  • 00:54 PSALMS 120 THROUGH 134...
  • 00:56 SOME OF THE GREAT CHAPTERS IN THE PSALMS...
  • 00:59 SO ENCOURAGING...SO HOPEFUL...
  • 01:01 SHOWING GOD'S PLAN NOT ONLY FOR ISRAEL IN HER TIMES OF WAR OR TROUBLES BUT ALSO FOR US.
  • 01:08 MY GOOD FRIEND, DR. JEFFREY SEIF,
  • 01:11 WILL BE DOING THE TEACHING ON LOCATION IN ISRAEL.
  • 01:14 WE BEGIN WITH PSALMS 120...
  • 01:17 AND AS MY FRIEND JEFF WOULD SAY,
  • 01:19 "OFF WE GO TO ISRAEL".
  • 01:23 KING DAVID HAD BEEN HERE BEFORE.
  • 01:27 MORE THAN ONCE THEY HAD COME TO THE TABLE EXTENDING PLEASANTRIES AND SPEAKING OF PEACE.
  • 01:32 YET THEY DID SO WITH LYING LIPS AND DECEITFUL TONGUES.
  • 01:38 WOULD THIS EVENING BE ANY DIFFERENT?
  • 01:42 COULD THIS EXCHANGE BRING PEACE AMONG THE NATIONS?
  • 01:45 "MY SOUL HATH LONG DWELT WITH HIM THAT HATED PEACE."
  • 01:50 "I AM FOR PEACE...."
  • 01:53 "BUT WHEN I SPEAK..."
  • 01:55 "THEY ARE FOR WAR!"
  • 02:01 THE PSALMIST SAYS IN [CHAPTER] 120, VERSE 7,
  • 02:18 ISN'T IT TRAGIC IN HUMAN AFFAIRS
  • 02:21 THAT INDIVIDUALS CAN BE SINCERE
  • 02:24 ON THE ONE HAND
  • 02:25 ONLY TO HAVE TO CONTEND WITH INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE DISINGENUOUS ON THE OTHER.
  • 02:30 THEY LACK CANDOR...
  • 02:31 THEY'RE NOT FORTHRIGHT...
  • 02:33 THEY'RE DECEITFUL...
  • 02:34 THERE'S ALL KINDS OF MACHINATIONS.
  • 02:37 SOME CALL IT THE WORLD OF POLITICS WHERE PEOPLE ARE FOREVER POSTURING...
  • 02:43 BUT WHAT IS THE TRUTH?
  • 02:45 WHO KNOWS?
  • 02:47 IN FACT, SOMETIMES IN POLITICAL CONVERSATION TRUTH IS THE FIRST CASUALTY.
  • 02:51 I'M SPEAKING TO YOU FROM ISRAEL NOW,
  • 02:53 NOT JUST ANY PLACE,
  • 02:55 IT'S A HILL.
  • 02:56 IT'S NOT JUST ANY HILL,
  • 02:57 BUT ODDLY IT'S CALLED
  • 02:59 "THE HILL OF EVIL COUNSEL".
  • 03:02 AT ONE LEVEL ITS SO FITTING
  • 03:05 BECAUSE BEHIND ME PLACED ATOP THIS HILL, IF YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT,
  • 03:09 IS THE REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS FOR THE UNITED NATIONS.
  • 03:15 AND IF EVER THERE WAS A PLACE WHERE THERE'S POLITICAL JOCKEYING GOING ON IT IS THERE.
  • 03:22 IN FACT, IT'S RATHER TRAGIC IT SEEMS TO ME.
  • 03:25 THE UN STARTED OFF AS A GREAT IDEA...
  • 03:28 "LET'S ALL GET TOGETHER AND WORK OUT OUR PROBLEMS AND MAKE LOVE AND NOT WAR".
  • 03:33 IT MAKES GOOD SENSE.
  • 03:35 BUT ITS ONE OF THOSE CASES WHERE THE REALITY DOESN'T QUITE LIVE UP TO THE IDEAL
  • 03:40 AND THE REASON IS BECAUSE THE UNITED NATIONS
  • 03:43 SOMETIMES DISPARAGINGLY CALLED "THE UNITED NOTHING"
  • 03:46 IN SO MANY WAYS IS IN THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WITH MONEY AND OIL
  • 03:50 AND THE NET RESULT IS THAT THE JEWS ALWAYS GET CASTIGATED.
  • 03:55 ITS INTERESTING, BY THE WAY, THAT THIS WOULD BE THE FIRST OF THE PSALMS OF ASCENT,
  • 04:00 IN PART BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS THE STORY OF POLITICAL INTRIGUE AND BACKBITING...
  • 04:05 NOT ONLY IS IT TRUE IN EVERY GENERATION
  • 04:08 BUT HERE THE STATEMENT COMES ON THE HEELS OF THE PSALMIST SAYING IN VERSE 5,
  • 04:17 AND PRAY TELL...WHO WAS KEDAR?
  • 04:19 THIS WAS THE SECOND SON OF ISHMAEL.
  • 04:23 AND WHAT'S MEANT BY THE "TENTS OF KEDAR"?
  • 04:25 WELL IN THIS CONTEXT, BEDOUINS PARTICULARLY.
  • 04:29 IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THIS IS SOMEONE THAT KNOWS WHAT IT IS TO BE DUPED BY THESE PEOPLE
  • 04:33 AND WE'RE GOING BACK THOUSANDS OF YEARS.
  • 04:36 AND GOODNESS IT COULD BE SAID THINGS JUST DON'T CHANGE...
  • 04:40 ITS DISTRESSING!
  • 04:42 WELL, TALK ABOUT DISTRESSING,
  • 04:44 THE PSALMIST STARTS OFF WITH THAT VERY WORD.
  • 04:46 IT SAYS,
  • 05:00 "IN MY DISTRESS"
  • 05:01 IT'S DISTRESSFUL ON THE ONE HAND...
  • 05:03 STRIKING...DISTURBING.
  • 05:06 I'D NEVER IN MY LIFE HAD A PROBLEM WITH DEPRESSION
  • 05:08 BUT FRANKLY WHEN I CONTEMPLATE THE WAY THE JEWS ARE FOREVER CASTIGATED IN THE UNITED NATIONS
  • 05:14 I'LL TELL YOU, IT IS RATHER DEPRESSING BECAUSE IT'S UNREAL.
  • 05:18 WHILE IT'S TRUE THAT WE HAVE OUR "BERNIE MADOFFS,"
  • 05:21 WE HAVE OUR SCOUNDRELS,
  • 05:23 WE DEAL WITH THEM.
  • 05:24 THERE ARE ISRAELI POLITICIANS THAT GO BAD...
  • 05:26 WE DEAL WITH IT...
  • 05:28 THE COURTS ARE OPEN AND THEY DRUG TO AND THROUGH THE COURTS.
  • 05:31 BUT ON THE WHOLE THE TRUTH IS THAT THE JEWS ARE A GOOD LOT AND ISRAEL IS A GREAT STATE.
  • 05:35 WE'RE SURROUNDED BY SHENANIGANS.
  • 05:38 AND THAT IS SO TRUE TODAY.
  • 05:39 THE WORLD AROUND HERE HAS COME ABLAZE.
  • 05:42 THERE'S CASCADING UNREST IN LIBYA,
  • 05:45 CERTAINLY IN YEMEN, BAHRAIN,
  • 05:48 ALL THE COUNTRIES ROUND ABOUT JORDAN, SYRIA, EGYPT, TUNISIA...
  • 05:54 EVERYWHERE ROUND ABOUT...
  • 05:55 HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH JEWS...
  • 05:57 HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ISRAEL...
  • 05:59 IT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH PEOPLE BEING OPPRESSED BY WICKED OPPRESSORS...
  • 06:05 ISLAMIC LORDS, KINGS, GENERALS,
  • 06:08 PEOPLE THAT CAME TO POWER MARGINALIZED OTHERS AND ABUSED THEIR OWN.
  • 06:13 WHAT THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON, HOWEVER,
  • 06:15 IS A DISTAIN FOR THE JEW...
  • 06:17 THE WILLINGNESS TO MAKE ISRAEL THE WORLD'S PROBLEM,
  • 06:20 IN PART TO DEFLECT FROM THEIR OWN MISDEEDS.
  • 06:24 AND IT IS SO VERY DECEITFUL THE WAY THIS PLAYS OUT POLITICALLY.
  • 06:28 WHATEVER ISRAEL DOES
  • 06:30 IN THE UNITED NATIONS THERE'S A BLOCK OF ARAB COUNTRIES THAT AUTOMATICALLY VOTES AGAINST IT
  • 06:35 WHETHER THERE'S ANY WRONG DONE OR NOT.
  • 06:37 AND BEYOND THAT THERE'S FIFTY OR SIXTY COUNTRIES IN TOW THAT HAVE OIL AGREEMENTS
  • 06:42 AND OTHERS WITH THESE ARAB COUNTRIES THAT ARE JUST GOING TO GO WHEREVER THEY GO.
  • 06:46 THE NET RESULT IS THAT WHATEVER JEWS DO WE'RE CASTIGATED HERE.
  • 06:50 AND THE PROBLEM IS...
  • 06:52 THE FACADE IS IT HOLDS OUT THE IDEAL OF BEING LIBERAL, HONEST AND EARNEST SEEKING WORLD PEACE.
  • 06:57 BUT TRUTH BE KNOWN ITS FALLEN PREY TO MALICIOUS INTENTIONS.
  • 07:02 AND THAT IS WHAT INVOKES THE IRE OF THIS PSALMIST.
  • 07:05 AND HE SAYS IN VERSE 2, HE SAYS,
  • 07:23 WELL TO BE SURE THIS HAS POLITICAL RAMIFICATIONS IN THE WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN TODAY
  • 07:29 AND IT HAD POLITICAL RAMIFICATIONS YESTERDAY.
  • 07:32 IT HAS PERSONAL APPLICATIONS TOO.
  • 07:34 THE PSALMIST HERE IS WRITING A SONG THAT BECKONS INDIVIDUALS
  • 07:39 OR THAT SPEAKS TO INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE BECKONED OUT OF VARIOUS PLACES
  • 07:43 TO COME TO JERUSALEM AND WORSHIP.
  • 07:45 THEY WANT TO COME TO A SAFE HARBOR.
  • 07:47 IN A WORLD THAT'S PRECARIOUS OUTSIDE
  • 07:49 THEY WANT TO COME TO JERUSALEM TO GOD'S HOLY HILL AND GOD'S HOLY HOUSE
  • 07:54 AND SEEK HIM THERE FOR THE TROUBLES OF THEY DAY AND SO THEY PRAY.
  • 07:57 AND WE DO WELL TO STAND WITH THEM AS THEY WANT TO STAND AGAINST DECAY, DECEIT
  • 08:02 AND DEAL WITH THE ATTENDANT DESPAIR THAT'S ALL ABOUT ISRAEL
  • 08:06 AS INDIVIDUALS ARE LOOKING TO CARVE OUT SPACE HERE IN THE ANCESTRAL HOMELAND.
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  • 08:49 I THINK ALL BELIEVERS WANT PEACE.
  • 08:52 I KNOW I DO.
  • 08:53 AND AS JEFF SAYS,
  • 08:55 "NOBODY REALLY WANTS TO BE AROUND MALICIOUS PEOPLE".
  • 08:57 THEIR LIVES REALLY DO AFFECT OUR LIVES.
  • 09:01 I LIKE IN PSALM 120, VERSE 1, IT SAYS,
  • 09:04 "IN MY DISTRESS I CRIED UNTO THE LORD...AND HE HEARD ME"
  • 09:08 GOD HEARS US...
  • 09:10 WHATEVER LIES, WHATEVER DECEITS,
  • 09:12 WHATEVER PROBLEMS IN OUR LIVES...GOD HEARS US.
  • 09:16 LET'S GO BACK TO JEFF AND PSALM 121.
  • 09:21 "I WILL LIFT UP MINE EYES UNTO THE HILLS FROM WHICH COMETH MY HELP"
  • 09:25 "MY HELP COMETH FROM THE LORD WHICH MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH"
  • 09:29 "HE WILL NOT SUFFER THY FOOT TO BE MOVED"
  • 09:33 "HE THAT KEEPETH WILL NOT SLUMBER"
  • 09:35 "BEHOLD, HE THAT KEEPETH ISRAEL SHALL NEITHER SLUMBER NOR SLEEP"
  • 09:41 "THE SUN SHALL NOT SMITE THEE BY DAY NOR THE MOON BY NIGHT"
  • 09:45 "THE LORD SHALL PRESERVE THY GOING OUT AND THY COMING IN"
  • 09:49 "FROM THIS TIME FORTH AND EVEN FOREVERMORE"
  • 10:00 IN PSALM 121,
  • 10:02 ONE OF THE MORE FAMOUS OF THESE PSALMS OF ASCENT,
  • 10:05 PSALMS THAT WERE SONG ALONG THE WAY,
  • 10:08 WE HAVE AN INTERESTING EXPRESSION IN [CHAPTER] 121, VERSE 3,
  • 10:11 AND HE SAYS, AND I QUOTE,
  • 10:20 AND AS I MOVE ABOUT THIS TERRAIN THAT'S NOT ALL TOGETHER COMFORTABLE
  • 10:24 I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK OF INDIVIDUALS THAT WOULD MAKE THEIR WAY THROUGH LIFE IN A VERY PRECARIOUS WAY.
  • 10:30 I THINK OF ANIMALS THAT WOULD TRAVERSE THE HILLS THAT NEED TO BE VERY SURE FOOTED.
  • 10:34 AND IN THIS PSALM THE PSALMIST SPEAKS TO GOD BEING NOT JUST THE WIND BENEATH OUR WINGS,
  • 10:41 TO HARK TO A POPULAR SONG,
  • 10:43 BUT GOD HIMSELF BEING THE ONE THAT HELPS US TO BE SURE FOOTED.
  • 10:47 I WANT TO EXPLORE THIS PSALM WITH YOU
  • 10:49 IN THE INTEREST OF HELPING YOU TO BE MORE SURE FOOTED AS YOU MAKE YOUR JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE.
  • 10:55 AND SO IF YOU WOULD PLEASE, OPEN UP YOUR BIBLE TO PSALM [CHAPTER] 121.
  • 10:59 I WANT TO READ IT IN MY VERSION AND UNPACK IT.
  • 11:03 YOU GO AHEAD AND READ IT IN YOURS.
  • 11:04 ITS SAYS IN HEBREW,
  • 11:33 IS THIS SOUNDING FAMILIAR TO YOU?
  • 11:35 YOU READ IN THE OPENING IN GENESIS,
  • 11:42 AND THAT CREATOR GOD IS A HELPER.
  • 11:44 AND THIS PSALMIST SAYS THAT HE LIFTS HIS EYES TO THE LORD, TO THE HILLS,
  • 11:50 TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE LORD, TO IN AFFECT BE HIS HELPER.
  • 11:53 HE SAYS,
  • 12:19 WHAT A PROMISE!
  • 12:21 NOW WHEN WE OPEN UP THE PSALMS WE'RE GOING BACK THOUSANDS OF YEARS
  • 12:25 AND MANY OF US MAY NOT CONCEPTUALLY THINK IN TERMS OF
  • 12:28 "LOOKING TO THE HILLS" TO SEE HELP COME FROM THE LORD FROM THOSE HILLS.
  • 12:34 AND THE REASON WHY IS BECAUSE WE'RE NOT ANCIENT ISRAELITES WHO WERE BEHOLDING TO SPACE.
  • 12:40 THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT IS IN THE TORAH, IN THE SCRIPTURE, IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS
  • 12:45 THERE WAS A PLACE THAT GOD WOULD MAKE HIS NAME TO DWELL, HIS GLORY TO DWELL,
  • 12:50 AND THE ISRAELITES WERE BECKONED NOT TO SEARCH FOR GOD EVERYWHERE
  • 12:54 BUT TO GO THERE TO A PLACE CALLED "JERUSALEM".
  • 12:58 AND HERE THE COMPLIANT ARE DUTIFULLY MAKING THEIR WAY THERE
  • 13:02 WITH A SONG WHERE THEY GIVE VOICE TO "LIFTING UP THEIR EYES TO THE HILLS"
  • 13:07 LOOKING TO FIND GOD THERE.
  • 13:08 AND LET ME TELL YOU AS SOMEONE WHO HAS LED PILGRIMS TO ISRAEL FOR YEARS,
  • 13:14 A THING THAT FASCINATES ME IS THE EXPERIENCE THAT PILGRIMS HAVE WHEN THEY MAKE THEIR WAY TO JERUSALEM.
  • 13:22 PEOPLE COME, YOU'LL SEE ON THIS PROGRAM,
  • 13:25 THAT ADVERTISE IF YOU WANT TO COME TO ISRAEL COME WITH US
  • 13:27 AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TAKING US UP ON THE OFFER FOR YEARS.
  • 13:30 AND THEY'LL ALWAYS ASKED ME "WELL YOU KNOW JEFF WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE SITE IN THE HOLY LAND?"
  • 13:34 QUITE FRANKLY HAVING SEEN A LOT OF THE STONES BEFORE,
  • 13:37 ONE OF MY FAVORITE SITES IS TO LOOK AT THE FACES OF PILGRIMS WHO MAKE THEIR WAY TO JERUSALEM.
  • 13:44 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 13:46 WELL ON THE ONE HAND MANY WITH ME CONSTRUE THE FACT THERE IS A JEWISH PRESENCE IN ISRAEL...
  • 13:50 FULFILLS BIBLE PROPHECY...
  • 13:52 THERE'S A SENSE IN WHICH THEY'RE WALKING INTO A WORLD
  • 13:55 THAT'S UNFOLDING ACCORDING TO A BIBLICAL PLAN.
  • 13:57 BEYOND THAT THERE'S THE SENSE OF WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS JESUS.
  • 14:01 BEYOND THAT THERE'S A SENSE ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY TOUCH THE STONES THERE AT THE WESTERN WALL...
  • 14:06 THERE'S A SENSE IN WHICH THEY WALK BACK INTO HISTORY
  • 14:09 AND AT SOME LEVEL EXPERIENCE WHAT THE PSALMIST IS SINGING ABOUT HERE
  • 14:13 AS HE GIVES VOICE TO LIFTING UP HIS EYES TO THE HILLS TO FIND HELP FROM GOD.
  • 14:19 OH MANY HAVE LOOKED TO THE PSALMS TO FIND HIM,
  • 14:22 ESPECIALLY IN TIMES OF DISTRESS.
  • 14:25 AND AS I UNPACK IT TO YOU HERE FROM A PLACE NOT FAR FROM JERUSALEM...
  • 14:30 I AM COMING TO YOU IN PROXIMITY INTO A PLACE CALLED "ANATHOTH" WHERE JEREMIAH FAIRED FROM.
  • 14:35 IT WAS A PRIESTLY CITY
  • 14:37 AND THE RELIGIOUS WOULD LEAVE THEIR STATIONS IN THEIR VARIOUS TOWNS AND CITIES
  • 14:41 AND THEY WOULD MAKE THEIR WAY TO JERUSALEM AS A PILGRIM.
  • 14:45 THEY'D GO ON A PILGRIMAGE
  • 14:47 AND IT'S MY HOPE THAT YOU THROUGH EXPERIENCING THIS SERIES WILL SIMILARLY BE MINDED,
  • 14:51 IF NOT TO MAKE IT TO JERUSALEM,
  • 14:53 AT LEAST TO LIFT UP YOUR EYES TO THE HILLS AND FIND JEHOVAH GOD THERE.
  • 14:57 AND WHY SHOULD YOU DO THAT?
  • 14:59 ...BECAUSE LIKE THE PSALMIST
  • 15:01 YOU WILL FIND THAT YOUR HELP WILL COME FROM THE LORD WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH.
  • 15:17 ♪SHA' A' LU SHALOM♪
  • 15:19 ♪YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 15:21 ♪SHA' A' LU, SHA' A' LU SHALOM♪
  • 15:25 ♪IN THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM♪
  • 15:32 ♪WE WILL PRAY FOR PEACE...♪
  • 15:35 ♪SHA' A' LU SHALOM♪
  • 15:45 PSALM 121 IS PROBABLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE VERSES IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE.
  • 15:49 ITS ALSO KNOWN AS "THE TRAVELER'S PRAYER"
  • 15:52 AND SOMEBODY THAT TRAVELS NEEDS A PRAYER I PROMISE YOU.
  • 15:56 IN FACT, I PUT MY NAME IN SOME OF THESE VERSES, FOR INSTANCE,
  • 16:00 "HE WILL NOT SUFFER 'SANDRA'S' FOOT TO BE MOVED,"
  • 16:03 "HE THAT KEEPETH 'SANDRA' WILL NOT SLUMBER."
  • 16:06 PUT YOUR NAME IN THERE...
  • 16:08 TRY IT...
  • 16:09 I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO LIKE IT.
  • 16:10 TRACIE I LOVE WHAT JEFF SAID ABOUT
  • 16:11 SEEING THE PILGRIMS AND SEEING THEIR FACES.
  • 16:14 I LOVE SEEING THEIR FACES IN ISRAEL.
  • 16:15 SANDRA IT IS TOTALLY AMAZING
  • 16:17 AND I'M SO GLAD YOU BROUGHT UP PSALM 121.
  • 16:19 AS YOU WELL KNOW,
  • 16:20 THE DAY THAT WE
  • 16:21 COME INTO JERUSALEM
  • 16:22 WE COME OVER THAT HILL
  • 16:23 AND WE TAKE THE PILGRIMS
  • 16:25 RIGHT UP TO MOUNT SCOPUS.
  • 16:26 MOUNT SCOPUS IS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN JERUSALEM...
  • 16:28 YOU SEE THE WHOLE CITY IN ONE VIEW.
  • 16:32 AND TO SEE THE LOOK ON THE PASSENGER'S FACES
  • 16:34 WHERE THEY SEE WHERE JESUS' MAIN MINISTRY IS.
  • 16:38 AND WHEN WE READ THAT PSALM THEY'RE OVERCOME.
  • 16:41 IT IS ELECTRIFYING...
  • 16:42 IT REALLY IS ELECTRIFYING.
  • 16:44 IT'S TOTALLY ELECTRIFYING.
  • 16:46 THE FACES ARE INCREDIBLE.
  • 16:47 THEY GET THAT "AAHA MOMENT"...
  • 16:48 "THIS IS MY SAVIOR'S LAND".
  • 16:50 AND WHAT'S NEAT ABOUT OUR TRIP SANDRA AS YOU WELL KNOW IS
  • 16:53 THAT WE REALLY ONLY
  • 16:54 ADVERTISE TO YOU THE
  • 16:55 VIEWERS OF THIS SHOW.
  • 16:57 AND SO THE TRIPS ARE
  • 16:58 LIKE A FAMILY TRIP.
  • 16:59 PEOPLE COME AS STRANGERS
  • 17:00 BUT THEY LEAVE AS FRIENDS
  • 17:01 AND THEY LEAVE AS
  • 17:02 PEOPLE WHO HAVE REALLY
  • 17:04 COME TO KNOW THE LORD IN A PERSONAL WAY.
  • 17:06 AND THEY REALLY DO FORGE THOSE RELATIONSHIPS.
  • 17:08 I STILL TALK TO PEOPLE THAT I HAVE KNOWN...
  • 17:11 I DON'T KNOW... 15 YEARS OR MORE
  • 17:13 THAT HAVE BEEN ON SOME OF THE ORIGINAL TOURS.
  • 17:15 IT'S JUST....
  • 17:16 I LOVE IT...
  • 17:17 PLEASE GO TO ISRAEL WITH US.
  • 17:19 YOU KNOW THIS WEEK I WANT YOU TO GET THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 17:22 IT'S FREE AND IT IS SO FULL OF WONDERFUL INFORMATION ABOUT ISRAEL.
  • 17:27 IN FACT OUR TOURS ARE ON IT.
  • 17:29 SO IT WOULD BE SOMETHING GOOD FOR YOU ALL TO GET THIS WEEK.
  • 17:31 EITAN SHISHKOFF IS A BELIEVER WHO LIVES IN ISRAEL.
  • 17:37 HE IS A MUSICIAN, HE'S A WRITER,
  • 17:39 HE'S A FOUNDER OF "TENTS OF MERCY".
  • 17:42 THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT GOD HELPS US.
  • 17:45 WE TOO NEED TO HELP OTHERS TOO.
  • 17:47 HERE'S EITAN IN ISRAEL.
  • 17:52 SHALOM, I AM EITAN SHISHKOFF
  • 17:54 OF "TENTS OF MERCY" IN ISRAEL.
  • 17:58 WE'RE ACTUALLY SITTING IN MY OFFICE IN KIRYAT YAM
  • 18:01 WHICH IS RIGHT NEXT TO THE HAIFA BAY.
  • 18:03 AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE MIRACLE OF ISRAEL'S RESTORATION
  • 18:09 AND THE FACT THAT IN THE CHANGING AND UNCERTAIN TIMES THAT WE'RE IN
  • 18:14 THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT ARE OF GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT.
  • 18:17 NAMELY, THE FACT THAT GOD FULFILLED HIS PROMISE TO HAVE MERCY ON HIS PEOPLE,
  • 18:23 ON HIS SCATTERED JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 18:24 THAT HAVE BEEN SCATTERED TO THE NATIONS FOR SOME 18, 19 CENTURIES
  • 18:31 SINCE THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 18:34 AND THERE'S A CHAPTER IN THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH, CHAPTER 30,
  • 18:38 IN WHICH GOD SPEAKS ABOUT THE WOUNDING AND THE INCURABLE AFFLICTION
  • 18:43 THAT THE JEWISH PEOPLE WILL ENDURE IN THE DIASPORA.
  • 18:47 AND WE CERTAINLY KNOW FROM HISTORY THAT THAT'S THE CASE.
  • 18:50 BUT THEN HE GOES ON AND HE GIVES THIS VERSE,
  • 18:59 ONE DAY IN PRAYER GOD SPOKE THIS VERY REALTY TO ME HIGHLIGHTING THE WORD "MERCY".
  • 19:06 I DIDN'T KNOW THIS VERSE WAS EVEN IN THE BIBLE
  • 19:09 BUT I FELT A DOWNLOAD OF GOD'S MERCY, OF HIS COMPASSION,
  • 19:13 PARTICULARLY TOWARD OUR SCATTERED PEOPLE.
  • 19:16 THIS WAS AT THE SAME TIME AS THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 19:20 WERE BEING RELEASED FROM THE FORMER SOVIET UNION AROUND 1989.
  • 19:23 AND IT WAS A WAVE OF THE SENSE OF GOD'S HEART OF BRINGING HIS PEOPLE BACK,
  • 19:29 OF NOT ALLOWING THEM TO STAY AND OF FULFILLING HIS WORD
  • 19:32 THAT HE WOULD RESTORE ISRAEL TO BE ONCE AGAIN A PLACE OF FLOWING MILK AND HONEY.
  • 19:39 AND CERTAINLY HE HAS DONE THAT.
  • 19:42 WE HAVE SEEN OVER A MILLION JEWISH PEOPLE RETURN FROM THE FORMER SOVIET UNION OVER LESS THAN 20 YEARS TIME.
  • 19:48 AND THIS IS WHAT GOD SAYS AS WELL IN THE BOOK OF ISAIAH
  • 19:53 WHERE HE SAYS THAT "YOU SHOULD NOT SAY THAT THE LORD HAS FORSAKEN THEE"
  • 19:58 "BUT THAT HE HAS HAD MERCY ON HIS AFFLICTED."
  • 20:01 "CAN A WOMAN FORGET THE CHILD THAT IS NURSING AT HER BREAST?"
  • 20:06 "NO MORE WILL I FORGET YOU THAN THAT WOMAN WOULD FORGET HER CHILD."
  • 20:16 THIS IS AN AMAZING IMAGE OF YESHUA ON THE CROSS OF HIS CRUCIFIXION
  • 20:21 WHICH GOD HERE IS JOINING TOGETHER AS A WAY OF EXPRESSING HIS LOVE TO ALL OF ISRAEL.
  • 20:26 I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT GOD HAS PERFORMED A MIRACLE IN BRINGING HIS PEOPLE BACK TO ISRAEL
  • 20:34 AND THIS IS AN ULTIMATE EXPRESSION OF HIS MERCY AND HIS COMPASSION.
  • 20:38 YOU CAN COUNT ON IT.
  • 20:41 ♪ADONAI,♪
  • 20:43 ♪ADONAI, ADONENU♪
  • 20:46 ♪MAH ADIR SHIMCHA B'COL♪
  • 20:49 ♪HA-ERETZ♪
  • 20:52 ♪ADONAI, ADONAI, ADONENU♪
  • 20:56 ♪ASHER T'NAH HODCHA AL HA-SHAMAYIM♪
  • 21:12 ♪WHEN I CONSIDER YOUR HEAVENS♪
  • 21:16 ♪THE WORK OF YOUR FINGERS♪
  • 21:19 ♪THE MOON AND THE STARS WHICH YOU ORDAIN♪
  • 21:24 ♪WHAT IS MAN♪
  • 21:26 ♪THAT YOU ARE MINDFUL OF HIM♪
  • 21:29 ♪AND THE SON OF MAN♪
  • 21:32 ♪THAT YOU VISIT HIM?♪
  • 21:39 ♪OH LORD OUR LORD,♪
  • 21:42 ♪HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME IN ALL OF THE EARTH♪
  • 21:46 ♪OH LORD,♪
  • 21:48 ♪HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME♪
  • 21:51 ♪OH LORD, OUR LORD,♪
  • 21:54 ♪HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME IN ALL OF THE EARTH♪
  • 21:58 ♪O LORD,♪
  • 21:59 ♪HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME♪
  • 22:06 ♪AND WE KNOW THAT OUR ACCUSER♪
  • 22:10 ♪YOU CAN STILL WITH THE PRAISES OF SINGERS,♪
  • 22:15 ♪WE INFANTS AND BABES WHOM YOU'VE ORDAINED♪
  • 22:20 ♪WHAT IS MAN THAT YOU ARE MINDFUL OF HIM♪
  • 22:25 ♪AND THE SON OF MAN THAT YOU VISIT HIM?♪
  • 22:35 ♪OH LORD OUR LORD,♪
  • 22:37 ♪HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME IN ALL OF THE EARTH♪
  • 22:42 ♪OH LORD,♪
  • 22:44 ♪HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME♪
  • 22:46 ♪OH LORD, OUR LORD,♪
  • 22:49 ♪HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME IN ALL OF THE EARTH♪
  • 22:53 ♪OH LORD,♪
  • 22:55 ♪HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR♪
  • 22:57 ♪NAME♪
  • 23:00 ♪YOUR HOLY NAME♪
  • 23:05 ♪GIVEN SO FREELY♪
  • 23:08 ♪FOR US TO CLAIM THE NAME♪
  • 23:11 ♪YESHUA♪
  • 23:14 ♪YOU CAME A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS♪
  • 23:20 ♪AND YOU HUMBLED YOURSELF♪
  • 23:26 ♪ONLY TO BE EXALTED♪
  • 23:30 ♪MESSIAH...♪
  • 23:31 ♪YOU'RE EXALTED♪
  • 23:41 ♪OH LORD, OUR LORD,♪
  • 23:44 ♪HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME IN ALL OF THE EARTH♪
  • 23:48 ♪O LORD, HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME♪
  • 23:52 ♪OH LORD, OUR LORD,♪
  • 23:55 ♪HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME IN ALL OF THE EARTH♪
  • 23:59 ♪OH LORD, HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME♪
  • 24:04 ♪OH LORD, OUR LORD,♪
  • 24:07 ♪HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME IN ALL OF THE EARTH♪
  • 24:11 ♪OH LORD,♪
  • 24:13 ♪HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME♪
  • 24:15 ♪HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME♪
  • 24:18 ♪HOW EXCELLENT♪
  • 24:20 ♪IS YOUR...♪
  • 24:22 ♪NAME♪
  • 24:34 THAT WAS MARTY GOETZ AND HIS MUSIC.
  • 24:36 I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT MARTY GOETZ IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE MUSICIANS...
  • 24:39 I'M SORRY...NEXT TO ZOLA.
  • 24:41 BUT THAT'S OKAY I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY FAIR.
  • 24:43 SO HOW ARE YOU?
  • 24:45 GOOD TO HAVE YOU.
  • 24:46 I'M FINE.
  • 24:46 THAT'S GOOD COMPANY
  • 24:47 MESSIANIC?
  • 24:48 YES, MESSIANIC BELIEVER.
  • 24:50 MATTER OF FACT I DID SOME MUSIC WITH ZOLA A FEW YEARS BACK.
  • 24:52 THAT'S RIGHT YOU DID. >>YEAH
  • 24:53 I REMEMBER THAT.
  • 24:54 SO HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN MUSIC?
  • 24:56 OH BOY!
  • 24:57 I'VE BEEN PLAYING PROFESSIONALLY SINCE I WAS 19
  • 24:59 BUT I'VE BEEN PLAYING FROM THE SCRIPTURES BEFORE THE LORD, YESHUA SINCE I WAS 25.
  • 25:08 OH WOW! >>YES
  • 25:09 NOT VERY LONG
  • 25:10 AND I'M 29 NOW
  • 25:11 YES, THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 25:12 THAT'S WHAT WE ALL SAY. IT'S OKAY
  • 25:14 WELL IT'S REALLY GOOD TO HAVE
  • 25:15 AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT THESE PSALMS OF ASCENT.
  • 25:17 WHAT IS THE TRADITION WITH THESE PSALMS?
  • 25:19 WELL, THE PSALMS OF ASCENT WERE PSALMS THAT THEY SANG...
  • 25:22 "T'HELIM" OF COURSE IS THE HEBREW WORD WHICH MEANS "PRAISES"
  • 25:25 AND IT COMES FROM THE SAME WORD AS "PRAISE"
  • 25:28 AND THESE ARE SONGS THAT THEY SANG AS THEY WENT UP TO JERUSALEM.
  • 25:31 PSALM 121, 124 AND 129 ARE "ANTIPHONAL" PSALMS >>ANTIPHONAL
  • 25:37 AND I JUST THINK ITS SO COOL TO HEAR THE RESPONSE
  • 25:40 AS THESE PEOPLE WALKING UP AND TALKING TO EACH OTHER AND ENCOURAGING EACH OTHER...
  • 25:45 I JUST THINK ITS FUN.
  • 25:46 ARE YOU GOING TO START?
  • 25:47 YOU GO AHEAD.
  • 25:48 OKAY, I'LL START.
  • 25:50 "I WILL LIFT UP MINE EYES UNTO THE HILLS FROM WHEN COMETH MY HELP"
  • 25:53 "MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH"
  • 25:57 "HE WILL NOT SUFFER THY FOOT TO BE MOVED. HE THAT KEEPETH THEE WILL NOT SLUMBER"
  • 26:02 'BEHOLD, HE WHO KEEPS ISRAEL SHALL NEITHER SLUMBER NOR SLEEP"
  • 26:06 "THE LORD IS THY KEEPER. THE LORD IS THY SHADE UPON THE RIGHT HAND."
  • 26:10 "THE SUN SHALL NOT STRIKE YOU BY DAY NOR THE MOON BY NIGHT"
  • 26:14 "THE LORD SHALL PRESERVE THEE FROM ALL EVIL.HE SHALL PRESERVE THY SOUL"
  • 26:18 "THE LORD SHALL PRESERVE YOUR GOING OUT AND YOUR COMING IN"
  • 26:21 "FROM THIS TIME FORTH AND EVEN FOREVERMORE."
  • 26:25 CAN'T YOU SEE IT? >>OH, ABSOLUTELY
  • 26:26 I JUST LOVE IT.
  • 26:28 JOIN US NEXT WEEK.
  • 26:29 WE'RE GOING TO DO PSALMS 122 AND 123.
  • 26:31 REMEMBER THE LORD HEARS US WHEN WE CALL FOR HIM,
  • 26:35 THE LORD WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH.
  • 26:37 GOD BLESS YOU,
  • 26:38 AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:40 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

Episodes in this series

  1. Psalms 120 & 121
  2. Psalms 122 & 123
  3. Psalms 124 & 125
  4. Psalms 126 & 127
  5. Psalms 128 & 129
  6. Psalms 130 & 131
  7. Psalms 132 & 133
  8. Psalms 134

Guest organizations and links

Zola Levitt Presents
Levitt Letter
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