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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 129:2-4

Psalm 129:2-4

“‘Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me. The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows.’ The Lord is righteous; he has cut the cord of the wicked.

English Standard Version (ESV)

A little piece of wood once complained bitterly because its owner kept whittling away at it, cutting it, and filling it with holes. The woodcutter responded, “Without these holes and all this cutting, you would be a black stick forever, just a useless piece of ebony wood. You may think I’m destroying you, but instead, I’m making you into a flute, and your sweet music will charm the souls of men and comfort many a sorrowing heart. My cutting you is the making of you, for only thus can you be a blessing in the world.”

As the wood felt persecuted by the woodcutter, so Israel faced persecution from their earliest days. This Song of Ascents reminded Israel that God is the One who has freed them from the oppression of those who hated Zion, and thus hate God. The psalmist calls for destruction to rain down. We often find ourselves being afflicted and persecuted, yet we will prevail because our Lord is righteous. If we don the armor of God, we will be better able to “extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” Our call as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ is to stand firm and let nothing move us. Fight the good fight of faith. Be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might. The writer of Hebrews encapsulates it well: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

With Christ by our side, we are never alone. He fights us with us and for us, and our victory over evil is assured! Jesus said in John 16:33, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” God wins! Praise the Lord!

Further Reading: James 1:2-4; 1 Corinthians 15:58

Pray with me today this prayer from Psalm 56:

This I know, that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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