Patience and Perseverance

Psalm 129:1-8

BY She Reads Truth

Scripture Reading: Psalm 129

The Christian life is a climb—a journey of constant growth, sacrifice, and trusting God for what we cannot see. As Eugene Peterson said, we are pilgrims, but we are also disciples—always moving and always learning. The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) were sung by worshipers as they made the journey up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. In this 3-week reading plan, we are digging into these traveling songs with the help of short summary essays and thoughtful, reflective questions for each psalm. Take your pack on your shoulder and walk with us as we pursue God together.


Psalm 129 (CSB)
A song of ascents.

1 Since my youth they have often attacked me —
let Israel say —
2 Since my youth they have often attacked me,
but they have not prevailed against me.
3 Plowmen plowed over my back;
they made their furrows long.
4 The LORD is righteous;
he has cut the ropes of the wicked.

5 Let all who hate Zion
be driven back in disgrace.
6 Let them be like grass on the rooftops,
which withers before it grows up
7 and can’t even fill the hands of the reaper
or the arms of the one who binds sheaves.
8 Then none who pass by will say,
“May the LORD’s blessing be on you.
We bless you in the name of the LORD.”


A Song of War
The pilgrim-disciple asks the Lord to bring a reckoning to evil and evildoers, to smite the wicked “far as the curse is found.”

It is appropriate to desire a reckoning for evil. We should want evil eradicated from the world and we should ask God to do it—not simply because we loathe how bad it can be, but because there is something even higher we want: peace. Jesus broke the curse by taking our sin upon Himself, giving us that peace.

1. What questions come to mind when you read verses in the Bible calling for God to put the wicked to shame? Why do you think God gave us a psalm like this?

2. Are you offended by the evil around you? What is the war-song in your heart? What do you want the Lord to banish from this world? Why?

3. How do we apply a psalm like this to our own hearts? Where do you see the seeds of wickedness bearing unwanted fruit in your own life? How does God tell us He has dealt with the evil in us?


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54 thoughts on "Patience and Perseverance"

  1. Molly Gilbane says:

    This Psalms brings me comfort as it acknowledges that there is wicked in the world and it is okay to feel righteous anger regarding the unfairness of it all. It is okay to feel angry on behalf of the neglected and abused, the vulnerable and afraid. And it is okay to give it all to God. To lay these complex, overwhelming emotions at his feet, take a deep breath, and allow His peace to fill our hearts so that we may be a shining light to others. Do not let this world make you hardened. Do not let despair consume you. Life is good— life is beautiful. And it is up to us to remain steadfast and spread His love.

  2. Jemima John says:

    Wow, I loved the powerful reminder that it is good to have a reckoning for evil. I feel that these days, society is getting more and more desensitized to the evil around us. I’ve personally struggled with this especially as I’m studying law and there are some things that are held to be okay(because of the complex legal principles under it all) but it goes so against the Word of God. It’s been really difficult but I trust that God’s grace would help me get through it.

  3. Unfortunately when I read verses like these I think of my ex and how terribly he has hurt me and how continues to “hurt” me and my girls but having complete control over their lives and therefore, to an extent, mine. And so I read verses like this and wonder why has God not punished him? I use these verses to judge my ex and make myself the righteous one. I know this is SO wrong but I also wonder why these verses are here and why God hasn’t done anything. How long do my girls have to go through this hardship before it is made right??

    1. Tami says:

      I’m so sorry for what you are going through. I am praying for you and your girls right now, that God will protect their hearts and minds and that Jesus’ love and peace will fill all of your hearts to overflowing!

  4. Rachel Duchesneau says:

    So, we have two foster sons who have had parents who abused and neglected them severely. It is very hard for me to forgive or love them even though its what Jesus would do. I see the effect it has on the hearts of my sons. And I wish that no child ever had to endure abuse or neglect. I wish God would rid the world of adults who hurt children. I think God gave us Psalms like this to remind us that He understands the tension we feel.

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