Sing a new song! – Psalms 129

Today’s reading in Psalms 129 is short. I’ve included the entire Psalm:

1 They have greatly oppressed me from my youth– let Israel say– 2 they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me. 3 Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long. 4 But the Lord is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.

5 May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame. 6 May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow; 7 with it the reaper cannot fill his hands, nor the one who gathers fill his arms. 8 May those who pass by not say, “The blessing of the Lord be upon you; we bless you in the name of the Lord.”

Keep in mind that the Psalms were typically delivered in song. How I wish we had some record of how these sounded when put to music. Not the typical “verse-chorus-verse-chorus” song structure we’ve come to know and love today. Nonetheless, this is how the people expressed themselves.

What is on your heart today? Has God given you freedom from the wicked? Has He rescued you from your problems? Has He blessed you with a family, health or joy? Are you facing trials and you need His help? Why not sing out a song to Him? Express yourself. Just get someplace where no one can hear you and let ‘er rip! Make a joyful noise to God today!

grace & peace,
e

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