Description
The psalmist pictures himself among the Turks and Arabs, and prays to be saved from those of deceitful tongues who pretend to want peace but love war.
Commentary
This psalm is a song of ascents, meaning it was sung by pilgrims on their way up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. The psalmist is not identified, but portrays himself living as an expatriate in Meshech (Turkey), and dwelling among the tents of Kedar (the Ishmaelites or Arabs - Kedar was a son of Ishmael - Gen 25:13). These two groups are portrayed as being deceitful with their tongues and of hating peace. The psalmist describes himself as a man of peace and prays for God's deliverance from these deceivers. It is as though the psalmist is a Jewish ambassador to the Turks and Arabs. It is his role to negotiate with them, but he is frustrated by their deceitfulness.

According to Ezekiel 38, in the end times, Gog (a name for the Antichrist) will be the 'chief prince of Meshech and Tubal (Turkey)', and will lead Arab and Iranian allies against Israel, who will be living in peace and safety. According to Daniel 9:27, the Antichrist will confirm a peace treaty for seven years, but break it after three and a half. According to Daniel 8:25, "By his treachery he will succeed through deceit. He will have an arrogant attitude, and he will destroy many who are unaware of his schemes. He will rise up against the Prince of princes, yet he will be broken apart – but not by human agency." (NET).

Muslims claim that Islam is a religion of peace. But the Prophet Mohammed declared that "War is Deceit" (Bukhari Vol 4, Bk 52, No 269). The psalmist says in verse 7, "I am committed to peace, but when I speak, they want to make war." In verse 4, the psalmist anticipates a day when God will punish such deceitful people with the arrows of warriors. This is a picture of how Jesus will punish Israel's enemies at the second coming, when he defeats the Antichrist and his armies.
Tags
Places: Meshech, Turkey, Kedar, Arabia, Israel
Symbols:
Tags: Antichrist as a deceiver
1 A song of ascents. In my distress I cried out to the Lord and he answered me.
2 I said, “O Lord, rescue me from those who lie with their lips and those who deceive with their tongue.
3 How will he severely punish you, you deceptive talker?
4 Here’s how! With the sharp arrows of warriors, with arrowheads forged over the hot coals.
5 How miserable I am! For I have lived temporarily in Meshech; I have resided among the tents of Kedar.
6 For too long I have had to reside with those who hate peace.
7 I am committed to peace, but when I speak, they want to make war.
(NET)