Down But Not Out

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The way of faith has never been easy, but we must trust in the promise of blessing through all that comes our way.

Pray: 

Jesus, let me rest deeply in You and find strength to follow You into the world.

Read: 

Psalm 129:1-8

Reflect: 

What is Jesus saying to you today?

The psalm looks back over Israel's long history. The phrase "my youth" (1,2) is reminiscent of Israel as the Lord's firstborn son being rescued from Egypt (Exod. 4:22; Hos. 11:1). Since their early days, enemies have treated Israel as a field to be ploughed for their own profit (3). The covenant Lord is righteous, and as He did at the exodus, he delivers his people (4).

The mention of Zion (5) reminds us that it is God's city, the location of his Temple, to which the pilgrims travel. To reject Zion is to reject God himself, and so the psalmist is confident that the enemy will fail. Their plowing will not produce lasting crops, just the equivalent of wispy blades of grass in the dust on the roof of a house (6).

The psalm addresses us, too, as those who must endure tribulation (Acts 14:22). The way of faith has never been easy, but we trust in the promise of blessing (8) through all that comes our way.

Apply: 

Be prepared to face obstacles from those who oppose God. Know that God will prevail and will see that you prevail.

Pray: 

Lord, I have no greater desire than to be found a friend of God. Let me find comfort in You when that costs me.

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