Oppressed and Afflicted: Psalm 129

Psalms 129:1-8  A song of ascents. “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.

(see the whole Psalm)

Jesus was “ploughed”.

Isaiah 50:6  I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.

You would expect the procession to be pretty well sorted by now?  Almost there!  Yet, at this point, the deepest pain is felt.  The reaction is extreme. The pronoun is “me” but the speaker is “we”.  The whole nation is coming together to worship God in His Holy Place.  They become aware of the suffering the nation has endured.  They also affirm that they are “born free”.  The cutting of the chord refers to what happens once  a baby is born.  They had been knocked down but not knot out!  They had not lost!  However, the words of a curse come from their lips.

What can I learn from this?  Our Lord Jesus suffered, He was afflicted (oppressed), but He did not utter such words as these.  He said, “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing”.

Luke 6:27-28  “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,  (28)  bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

However, we must understand that there will be a point in time where a world that has rejected God will need to face up to it.  Whether that be the treatment of Israel as a nation, or the treatment meted out to the Lord Jesus. May God grant us grace to know forgiveness in Jesus Christ while it is still possible.