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The psalmist was probably writing this Psalm during the reign of the Medes & Persians. The Children of Israel (Judah) were in captivity in Babylon and Nehemiah was rebuilding the walls. It was in this time of immanent release–that the psalmist could see God’s plan unfolding.

The point of  the psalm is to remind the reader–that, while God allowed trials in their lives, the enemies will ultimately be defeated, and God’s people will be victorious.  The time frames for that victory could be slower most would like, but, training takes time and perfecting his saints–not comfort, is God’s top priority.  It is similar to a heavy weight prizefighter–while training; the fighter is pushed to the limit…day-in and day-out. He may face dozens of sparing partners each day; all with the goal of exposing weakness and correcting mistakes.  Still, all the training has a purpose–which is simply victory in the scheduled fight.

Israel and christian alike, face battle after battle each day. The endless number of trials and temptations are like sparing partners for the prize fighter. Each has a unique quality, that tests a different component of our faith and daily walk.  We see our greatest foes in the areas of our greatest weakness. Still, at the end of the day, we will be victorious. We will stand as champions in the shadow of Christ. But, as Paul promised in Philippians 1:6–“He who has begun a good work in you will carry to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” My friend Jeff Cathey closes each conversation with the same phrase–Press On, and that is not only a great encouragement; it is God’s urging for us–His Chosen!

God Bless You

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.”