Prayer For The Lord's Help
Psalm 123 is one of a group of Psalms that are songs the people of Israel sang on their pilgrimages to the temple to worship. These Psalms have been categorized as "Psalms of Ascents" (ascending to Zion/Jerusalem for worship).
Psalm 123, which has two points, is brief but powerful.
- Confession of trust in God (verses 1-2)
- Subsequent complaint and petition (verses 3-4)
The psalm begins with an affirmation of trust and moves to a plea for help from the one it trusts.
The eyes of the pilgrim community look to the divine king for hope in the midst of oppression by arrogant oppressors. The perspective is that the faithful, the believers, understand that life is not something they have earned or made, but it is a gift from God who is, sustainer, and king enthroned in the heavens.
Although short the Psalm is an example that the power of prayer does not consist of the number of words that you use, but the fervency of those words. Every prayer is long enough when the words come from the heart and originate with the unspeakable groanings of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:26 CEV In certain ways we are weak, but the Spirit is here to help us. For example, when we don't know what to pray for, the Spirit prays for us in ways that cannot be put into words.