Posted by: Larry Hoekman | July 4, 2017

Psalms — Psalm 129 – Persecuted?

Day 2793: For those in the U.S., happy Independence Day!!!

Scripture:  “Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up,” Let Israel now say, “many times they have persecuted me from my youth up; yet they have not prevailed against me. The plowers plowed upon my back; they lengthened their furrows.” The Lord is righteous; He has cut in two the cords of the wicked.

May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward; let them be like grass upon the housetops, which withers before it grows up; with which the reaper does not fill his hand, or the binder of sheaves his bosom; nor do those who pass by say, “The blessing of the Lord be upon you; we bless you in the name of the Lord.”   Psalm 129

Thoughts/questions: To really understand this Psalm, I think one would have had to undergo some actual persecution. Not bullying or being made fun of a bit, but true gut wrenching use and abuse.

I haven’t experienced this, so the reality of prevailing thru this type of ongoing difficulty is impossible to relate to. But the idea of wanting retribution on anyone who persecuted me – that I get!

Yet, no matter what difficulty/persecution faces you, great or small, prevailing takes purpose, and purpose brings hope, and hope allows us to have endurance – so be confident that the Almighty specializes in making beauty out of ashes – think Jesus!

Suggested prayer: Living God of the universe, thank You that I will never be without hope . . .

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