Psalm 129: Awareness of enemies
song of ascents.
Comments: In this tenth short psalm of ascents, is a
simple memory that the people of God had suffered opposition throughout
their history [v.1-3], but God had been there for them again and
again [v.4]. Righteousness demands that those who oppose God's
people therefore come under His judgment [v.5-8]. A psalm of awareness.]
Israel's history was one of opposition by neighbours
have greatly oppressed me from my youth,'
let Israel say;
have greatly oppressed me from my youth,
but they have not gained the victory over
have ploughed my back
and made their furrows long.
But God in His goodness delivered them from their wicked neighbours
the Lord is righteous;
he has cut me free from the cords of the
May those who oppose Jerusalem be judged accordingly
who hate Zion
be turned back in shame.
be like grass on the roof,
which withers before it can grow;
reaper cannot fill his hands with it,
nor one who gathers fill his arms.
[iii] those who pass by not
say to them,
‘The blessing of the Lord be on you;
we bless you in the name of the Lord.'
Comments: The history of Israel originated in servitude,
involved opposition in moving to their divine destination, and
taking possession of it, and then experienced it from ungodly
neighbours again and again. This psalm simply recognises their
experience in history – opposed but supported by God.]
to Psa 130