Psalm 129 – Song of Victory over Zion’s Enemies

Published May 15, 2024 by Rev. Pete Van't Hoff in Devotions

At Psalm 129 we consider the normal truth that the world is set against us, but also the gift that the LORD God has redeemed us from this world.

1 “Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth,”
Let Israel now say—
“Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth;
Yet they have not prevailed against me.
The plowers plowed on my back;
They made their furrows long.”
The Lord is righteous;
He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked.

This world is not about our sorrow, but God’s glory and how He redeems us from such sorrow. In this, beloved, let the LORD your God be angry on your behalf.

Let all those who hate Zion
Be put to shame and turned back.
Let them be as the grass on the housetops,
Which withers before it grows up,
With which the reaper does not fill his hand,
Nor he who binds sheaves, his arms.
Neither let those who pass by them say,
“The blessing of the Lord be upon you;
We bless you in the name of the Lord!”

Let us pray.

Dear Lord and heavenly Father,

You are great and greatly to be praised. Father, I give to you the frustration of my anger against my enemies. There is no restitution in my lashing out. But there is in Yours. Thank you for saving me through the blood of Your Son for without Him, for without the Holy Spirit working Christ in me, there is no rescue from Your righteous anger. Let Israel now say, “in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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