The Psalms of Ascent are a set of fifteen psalms that were traditionally sung as priests entered the temple, and Jews journeyed to the Holy Land to celebrate the Passover Festival. They offer hope, encouragement, and peace in a time of uncertainty. Today we will read and discuss Psalm 129, the tenth psalm in the psalms of ascents.
Psalm 129 shows us a two-pronged approach to pain or difficulty in our lives: perseverance and prayer. In today’s Bible study video, I share quite a few scripture cross-references which I will list in the notes below.
Psalm 129 talks about how God has saved Israel from their attacks, remembering God’s goodness, then prays for God to remove the evil ones from them. Despite the fact that they feel they have been greatly oppressed (“Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long.” – v. 3), they know it could have been worse. The Lord is righteous (v. 4)
This is a two-pronged approach to pain and suffering: perseverance and prayer.
Hebrews 11 tells us about the heroes of the faith, and Hebrews 12 reminds us that we are not running this race alone.
Jesus is the personification of perseverance.
Jesus understands what it’s like to persevere through pain, and He demonstrates what it looks like to get through it through prayer.
Other scriptures relating to perseverance:
We don’t have to have words when we pray. God knows what is on our hearts, and sometimes our pain or suffering is so bad that we can’t even express it in words. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us on our behalf, letting God know exactly what we are feeling. It’s a beautiful cry of desperation to our Father who can help us.
Throughout scripture, we see people going to God in prayer, and instructions for us to go to God in prayer.
Think about Jesus and what He modeled for His disciples and for us. He was constantly going to His Father in prayer, and went three times the night of His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane.
To wrap up this two-pronged approach of perseverance and prayer:
Each day, from March 23-April 6, 2020, I will be live on Instagram reading and discussing each of the fifteen psalms of ascents. I want to encourage you to join me.
Also, take a moment each day for your own study. Write the psalms (they’re all relatively short), and dig into God’s Word. That is where we will find peace.