The Psalms

Psalm 129 More Blessing!

If you fear God and have never had your share of enemies, you are believing and doing something wrong! The people of God have always had their enemies, as they not only pray but seek that the LORD’s will would be done on earth as it is in heaven (v. 1). It is a very narrow idea of the faith that would have it to be so private that it has no impact on the world. However, the saints are assured of the LORD’s continued care and ultimate victory (v. 2 Cf. Hos. 2:15; Mt. 16:18; II Cor. 4:8-9). The “I am with you,” is a covenantal promise (Jer. 1:19 Cf. Ex. 13:21-22; Dt. 31:7-8, 23; Josh. 1:9). Whether Egypt or Babylon or others, the LORD’s judgment upon these enemies is well deserved (vv. 3-4).

The cords of bondage have been broken, including those of that great enemy the devil as well (Cf. Gen. 3:15; Rom. 16:20). There are still many who hate Zion, though they may say they are objective and disinterested. The LORD has placed His church in a place where neutrality on the important matters of life is not an option. However, as with Zion of old, the church’s enemies will ultimately be turned back in this life, and in the next. The psalmist in effect prays a prayer of defeat for the enemies of the people of the LORD (vv. 5-7 Cf. Ps. 37:2). Such will not receive the blessing of the LORD (v. 8), which comes to the faithful (Cf. Ruth 2:4). “We bless you in the name of the LORD!”

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