These 15 Psalms are all inscribed “Song of Degrees” in their headings. Ten have no author listed, but five do (four are David’s, and one is Solomon’s). The numbers ten and fifteen are significant and have to do with King Hezekiah and his sickness and recovery (2 Kings 20 and Isaiah 38). The sign of his recovery was the sun returning ten degrees on the sun dial, and the number of years God added to him after his sickness was fifteen. The ten Psalms without an author listed are believed to be Hezekiah’s “songs” (Isaiah 38:20).
Psalm 120—Prevarication. The problem of slander by the lying tongue of the enemy is bemoaned by the Psalmist.
Psalm 121—Preservation. Israel will be preserved by the God Who does not “slumber or sleep.”
Psalm 122—Piety. Dedication and delight in going to God’s house to worship are excellent here.
Psalm 123—Prayer. Help is sought from God in heaven, not from man on earth.
Psalm 124—Power. If God’s power had not helped, Israel would have been defeated by the enemy.
Psalm 125—Protection. Divine protection from God for Zion is like the mountains around Jerusalem.
Psalm 126—Pleasure. Great was the delight of those who returned to Jerusalem from captivity.
Psalm 127—Prerequisite. Except God helps, the builder, the watchman, and others only perform in vain.
Psalm 128—Prosperity. Blessings are for those who fear God and who walk in His ways.
Psalm 129—Punishment. The wicked may do their evil deeds, but eventually God will bring judgment upon them.
Psalm 130—Patience. Earnest waiting on the Lord is hard to do, but it is often very necessary.
Psalm 131—Peace. Submission to the will of God brings peace and quietness to the heart and behavior.
Psalm 132—Promises. David made some great promises in showing his devotion to the Lord.
Psalm 133—Pleasant. Unity of the brethren is a very pleasant thing which helps families, society, and churches.
Psalm 134—Praise. The Creator of heaven and earth is to be praised in the house of the Lord.
–Butler’s Daily Bible Reading (devotional was short this week, so I extended it to the entire devotional)