Hezekiah: 3 Miracles & 15 Psalms
II Kings 18:1-6, 9-12, 13-37, 19:1-21a, 32-37, 20:1-11, 20-21, 21:1-3,
Isaiah 38:4-9, 17-20, Psalm 129, Psalm 130, Psalm 128
Then came the Word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying,
Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.
And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city.
And this shall be a sign unto thee from the Lord that the Lord will do this thing that He hath spoken:
Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So, the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.
The writing of Hezekiah, king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness:
“Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for Thou hast cast all my sins behind Thy back.
For the grave cannot praise Thee, death can not celebrate Thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for Thy truth.
The living, the living, he shall praise Thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known Thy truth.
The Lord was ready to save me: therefore, we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the Lord.”
The Songs of The Degrees are 15 in number. They correspond in number with the 15 years added to Hezekiah’s life. Ten Songs (or Psalms) are by Hezekiah, corresponding with the number of “the degrees” by which the shadow of the sun went backward on the sundial of Ahaz (II Kings 20:8-11). Five are by others: 4 by David, and 1 by Solomon. Solomon’s Psalm occupies the center (Ps.127); and, of the 7 on either side, 2 in each 7 are by David; and 10 (5 in each 7) by Hezekiah.
The fifteen Psalms are arranged in five groups of 3 each. In each group, the subject of the first is: Distress. The second is: Trust in Jehovah. The third speaks of: Blessings and Peace in Zion.
The 15 Songs are here in fulfilment of Hezekiah’s promise recorded in Isaiah 38:20.
From The Companion Bible, Notes on the Psalms, Page 82.
And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz [Ahaz]; and Achaz begat Ezekias; And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias.
Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted [withered, wilted] before it be grown up.
II KINGS 19:26
The 15 Psalms of The Degrees
[1. DISTRESS] PSALM 120 (A Song of The Degrees)
1 In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.
[2. TRUST] PSALM 121 (A Song of The Degrees)
[3. BLESSING] PSALM 122(A Song of The Degrees by David)
1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.
[1. DISTRESS] PSALM 123 (A Song of The Degrees)
2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.
[2. TRUST] PSALM 124 (A Song of The Degrees by David)
[3. BLESSING] PSALM 125 (A Song of The Degrees)
1They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
[1. DISTRESS] PSALM 126 (A Song of The Degrees)
1 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
[2. TRUST] PSALM 127 (A Song of The Degrees by Solomon)
[3. BLESSING] PSALM 128 (A Song of The Degrees)
[1. DISTRESS] PSALM 129 (A Song of The Degrees)
[2. TRUST] PSALM 130 (A Song of The Degrees)
[3. BLESSING] PSALM 131 (A Song of The Degrees by David)
[1. DISTRESS] PSALM 132 (A Song of The Degrees)
[2. TRUST] PSALM 133 (A Song of The Degrees by David)
[3. BLESSING] PSALM 134 (A Song of The Degrees)