The Psalms of Degrees. The Psalms of Degrees have to do with the restoration of Israel, particularly the ten tribes. The two tribes will be in the land of Israel during the great tribulation. When the king of the north sweeps through Israel, all of the unbelieving Jews will be killed. Only the faithful remnant will be sheltered. The ten tribes also will be brought back, from the dust of the nations (Daniel 12:1). Once the two tribes are purged, the ten tribes will be woken up. God will bring them back into the land. Psalm 120 – 139 are the Psalms of degrees, which are like the steps those ten tribes will take on their way back to the land. It begins in Psa. 120 with some dwelling in Meshech (Russia) and Kedar (Iraq), surrounded by their enemies. Then in Psa. 121 the look to the Lord for help. In Psa. 122 they encourage each other to go back. … In Psa. 133 finally the two tribes and the ten are joined together, the old split healed, and brethren dwell together in unity. In Ezekiel we find that the rebels from the ten tribes will be purged out at the border of the land. The all the descendants of the remnant will not depart from the Lord (Isa. 59:20; 60:21). In this way, “all Israel shall be saved”.
A Song of degrees.
1 In my trouble I called unto Jehovah, and he answered me.
2 Jehovah, deliver my soul from the lying lip, from the deceitful tongue.
3 What shall be given unto thee, what shall be added unto thee, thou deceitful tongue?
4 Sharp arrows of a mighty one, with burning coals of broom-wood.
5 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
6 My soul hath long dwelt with them that hate peace.
7 I am for peace; but when I speak, “they” are for war.