Let Israel now say,~Psalm 129:1-2, 5-6
“Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up;
Yet they have not prevailed against me. …
May all who hate Zion
Be put to shame and turned backward;
Let them be like grass upon the housetops,
Which withers before it grows up
At times, the words of the psalmists are so raw with honesty. In Psalm 129, the writer pleaded for those who hate Zion to be put to shame, turned backward and withered. In other words, “Lord, take vengeance!”
We are examining the Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134), which were sung or chanted as the Jewish people journeyed to Jerusalem each year for the major feasts. They had lots of time to think, and because they have historically been attacked and maligned, it is no wonder the psalmist would pen such a psalm to fill their remembrance during the long journey.
What did the psalmist bring to mind? Though they were persecuted from the beginning, their enemies have not prevailed. As we read the prophecies of Ezekiel and the Revelation (as well as others), we know Israel will continue to be threatened and persecuted until the Lord destroys her enemies once and for all.
Tomorrow our group travels to Israel, and in just a few days we will stand upon the Golan Heights, the stage upon which the War of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39) will take place. Imagine peering across the Israeli-Syrian border, knowing the Russian and Iranian troops are on the horizon. Imagine focusing your sight across the Israeli-Lebanese border, where Hezbollah has positioned over 100,000 missiles meant for Israel.
Now, imagine the God of Israel taking a stand on behalf of His chosen land and His chosen people! He will not allow them to be destroyed. He is Almighty God who has promised never to sleep nor slumber, but to be the Keeper of Israel! (Read Psalm 121!)
The Psalms of Ascent are filled with honest thoughts…and with promises from the God of the universe, to whom they worshiped as they sang!
Tomorrow’s the day, so join us on our journey to the Holy Land!