Asking the Lord to give me insight about what to write as I sit at the computer, He immediately gave me direction to the 129th Psalm. It is a song of “ascents”. In effect, they uttered this Psalm as they made their way upward to Jerusalem on the special feast days.
Israel has known opposition ever since God decreed them to be “His people.” To read what God had to say about Israel when He called Abram out of Haran… “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; and I will make you and great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him.” (Genesis 12:1-4)
Prior to venturing further, I am so bold as to assure you that I believe the Sacred Book from “cover to cover” and this instruction from the Almighty is no different. “God said it… I believe it… that settles it” in my thinking. Every person can expect God to fulfill His Word on this matter and less than that one will pay the price.
In this song of Ascents, there are multiplied expressions from the lips of His people, Israel. They have known, and experienced persecution from their earliest childhood. Unless attitudes change toward Israel, we can expect this to continue. Also, there will a time of retribution from those whom they describe in this Psalm as “the plowers plowed upon my back”. In fact they add to that description: “They lengthened their furrows.” My great-uncle was a farmer, and I watched him plowing furrows. There is no justification for such bitterness and hatred toward any man, woman or child.
The Psalm of ascent continues with these words: “The Lord is righteous; He has cut in two the cords of the wicked.” Our leaders, thankfully not all, will be “put to shame and turned backward.” I have to believe with all my heart that God will not tolerate a disgraceful attitude toward Israel, and that we can expect His direct input in the not too distant future. Most descriptive is that word “backward” in verse 5.
There is still more in the feeling of the words of this Psalm. He notes: “Nor do those who pass by say, “The blessing of the Lord be upon you; we bless you in the name of the Lord.” If we do not have words of blessing toward Israel, as has surfaced more verbally of recent, we can expect that the “RIGHTEOUS LORD” will “put those who shame Zion” BACKWARD!
God is still on the throne… let HIM be on the throne of yours and my heart!