Evening Meditation 7-23-20

Psalm 129

A song of ascents.

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

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

What does it mean to be cut free from the chords of the wicked in your life?

15 thoughts on “Evening Meditation 7-23-20

      • Yes–it’s a tough subject for me, forgiveness. By my will, and desire I’ve forgiven a whole list of people a million times–and yet, memories will return and my reaction to them suggests I’ve not forgiven. It’s a constant battle which exhausts me, as I know that I don’t hang onto hurt and bitterness because I enjoy them–and certainly I DO want to be obedient. If you have any advice, I’m open.

      • I can only speak from my own experience. It is a process that I keep having to work and rework. I’ve become Okay with that realizing that hurt which has sunk way to the core of my being will take perhaps this whole lifetime to work through. I don’t allow myself to feel guilt about needing to work the process I pat myself on the back for engaging in it . My willingness and commitment to the process is all I am capable of. He must do the rest and I simply except He is working at the pace he is working at.

      • Oh Wow, your words are a balm to my mind and spirit, Pastor Joe–sounds like it counts on the plus side that I’ve continued to think and work on the process. The fact that I’ve not gotten it all tied up in a neat bow is not held against me. Can’t thank you enough, truly!

      • I had finally understood that it’s a “process”–but now, hearing that the results are in His hands is a huge blessing. I can breathe easier 🙂 And things usually happen more quickly when we’re not so tensed up. Pastor Joseph Prince has a message with a a great visual: as though through a “golden pipe”, God’s grace is always flowing to us–but when we’re very anxious, or trying to control things, we inadvertently squeeze/constrict that pipe, reducing the flow to a mere trickle.

      • YES, that’s it–striving!! What a horrible word, and activity!! If you have time, can you help me with Romans 9:19-24–I’m especially stuck at the latter part of v 22. God is “very patient” with those “destined for destruction”… Earlier in the passage it says God chooses who He will or won’t show mercy to…does He predestine some to destruction, as well as He predestines some of us for salvation?

      • Wow! This is a passage that has wrangled theologians throughout this age of grace we live in. This one topic has split whole denominations and my own fellowship right now is in the midst of struggling with this very topic as many of our younger ministers follow an extreme predestination wing of things believing that some are predestined to salvation and some to damnation. Meanwhile older fellas like myself come from the camp that says free will and choice matters. Here’s the thing, the Bible teaches both ideas in conjunction with each other. It is not free will or predestination but free will and predestination. How does that work? Search me? But this much I know…at the very least my free will choice indicates my predestination. The Bible is clear about this if you have committed to the process of believing in and trusting Jesus you are predestined to be saved. I believe verse 22 shows that even with those who refuse to trust Jesus God is very patient in warning them about their foolishness again and again and when people get to Heaven they will not be able to say I never knew……Whole books have been written on this subject and have not solved the issue in any sort of final way but what has been resolved is the idea that if you are walking in commitment to Jesus, He has also committed to you and will save you and He knows how to keep those who are His.

      • What a great, full answer–thank you, I feel better! Thanks for taking so much time with me 🙂 Related to our earlier discussions: I accidentally stumbled upon a book–The Fruit of Unforgiveness, Dangers of Unforgiving Spirit. It’s only available on Kindle through Amazon, which I don’t have access to…which may be a God’s mercy thing 🙂

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