from my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me
let all Israel repeat this: from my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me but they have never defeated me
my back is covered with cuts as if a farmer had ploughed long furrows , but the Lord is good, He has cut me free from the ropes of the ungodly
may all who hate Jerusalem be turned back in shameful defeat
may they be as useless as grass on a rooftop , turning yellow when only half grown
ignored by the harvester, despised by the binder and may those who pass by refuse to give them this blessing ” the Lord bless you, we bless you in the Lord’s name”
this is another song for pilgrims ascending up the mountain to worship God in the temple at Jerusalem.
I hope and pray there are some people in the world who have never experienced the horrible feeling when someone wounds you either with fists, weapons or words.
sometimes it can be the action of isolation- deliberately refraining from associating with you cos they think you smell or they think you are one of those people who will seize their attention like a leech does a leg and constantly pummel them with questions even after they cry mercy and beg you to cease.
sometimes people will throw things at you or make you give them your lunch or force you to do embarrassing things like take off your clothes or swear at a teacher under threat of facing a smack in the face or a mouth dripping with blood.
we can choose whether we allow bullies to defeat us and cheat us out of our destiny or we can rise above the torment they cause us to suffer and force them to laugh out the other sides of their faces when the Lord causes us to triumph and prosper in life.
Israel had often faced setbacks since its founding as a nation.
many other nations attacked it but the underdog triumphed and God always came through for little Israel preserving the faith and bodies of His faithful soul daughter.
the back covered with cuts reminds me of the 39 times Jesus’s back was sliced open with bits of bone and glass using a lead tipped whip for the sake of our salvation.
the verse about breaking ropes reminds me of how God enabled Samson to escape when he was beset with troubles after Delilah tricked him into having his hands tied with ropes prior to the arrival of the philistines coming to take him away yet finding themselves having to return empty handed back to their illegally occupied homes.
if hating Israel results in defeat we had better be careful how we treat Gods chosen people. we must treat them with love and respect cos it is the branch out of which our souls salvation sprung .
we as believers have been grafted into the true vine of Jesus.
we can learn from this psalm not to plant grass on a rooftop unless you like your grass dead yellow and completely useless 🙂
grass is only good being yellow if it is turning yellow at the proper time. if it ages prematurely it is too weak to be used as straw, hence the reason for the binder man’s reluctance to obtain even a single blade of it for his services.
if a harvester ignores something it means he or she leaves it to rot.
we see this happen in the fruit picking industry when old fruit is left to rot on the ground rather than contaminate a bucket full of healthy produce .
to those who do not believe in Jesus it may not seem to be a thing of significance to not receive the Lord’s blessing but let me reassure you that it is a very dangerous and unhealthy place to be if you are walking outside of Gods will and favour.
if this is the case for you I strongly advise you to get back on the right track and seek Gods face immediately.
the best way for us to live a life of victory and success is to show honour and respect for both God and His chosen people.
because of His blood shed on the cross we have a reason to celebrate cos we are one with the Israelites. we are sharing in the inheritance that was promised to them.
if we repent of our sins every time we mess up and believe that Jesus is Lord ( the one who we should seek out before making any decision) then we will partake of the treasures of heaven.
salvation is assured by the steadfastness of our faith and the measure of our continual devotion to the one who breathed the world to life and crafted us all lovingly in the workshop of His all reaching hands which expand beyond the limits of the universe ❤