Psalm 129

Psalm 129

As I’ve been reading through the Psalms in the 150 Days in the Psalms plan, I had hoped to share more of my simple thoughts and truths as I’ve read through the Psalms. Alas, I’ve only gotten to blog about a few of the Psalms!

(You can find nearly every morning’s Psalm and prayer on Instagram if you want to search for the hashtag #150DaysInThePsalms) 

Psalm 129

“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.”

Crushed But Not Destroyed

Verse 2 from Psalm 129 says that we may have been greatly afflicted, but the enemy has not prevailed! I love this reminder of the victory we have in Christ!

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

This passage in 2 Corinthians goes on to say, “therefore we do not lose heart…” so let us remember that while we may be crushed, we are not destroyed. The enemy will not prevail. We have victory in Jesus. We know our eternity is secure because of His blood. We can live as victorious and grateful people.

We are His.  

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Praying Your Own Psalm 136

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When we pray God’s Word, we are aligning our hearts with the will of God. We are proclaiming that we believe His Word to be true. We are asking Him to complete His perfect will in us.

Psalm 136 is the perfect Psalm to read, meditate on and pray. It’s also especially perfect for cultivating gratitude. And when we take the words and make them our own it becomes even more personal.

My Psalm 136

I give thanks to You, Lord, for You are good!

Your mercy endures forever.

You’ve saved me from myself time and time again.

Your mercy endures forever. 

You’ve provided strength when I had none of my own.

Your mercy endures forever.

You comfort me when I need Your comfort.

Your mercy endures forever.

You are my light in times of darkness.

Your mercy endures forever. 

You are my provider, my portion, my sufficiency.

Your mercy endures forever.

Your grace is enough.

Your mercy endures forever. 

Psalm 136

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
    For His mercy endures forever.
Oh, give thanks to the God of gods!
    For His mercy endures forever.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!
    For His mercy endures forever:

To Him who alone does great wonders,
    For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who by wisdom made the heavens,
    For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who laid out the earth above the waters,
    For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who made great lights,
    For His mercy endures forever—
The sun to rule by day,
    For His mercy endures forever;
The moon and stars to rule by night,
    For His mercy endures forever.

10 To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn,
    For His mercy endures forever;
11 And brought out Israel from among them,
    For His mercy endures forever;
12 With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm,
    For His mercy endures forever;
13 To Him who divided the Red Sea in two,
    For His mercy endures forever;
14 And made Israel pass through the midst of it,

For His mercy endures forever;
15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,
    For His mercy endures forever;
16 To Him who led His people through the wilderness,
    For His mercy endures forever;
17 To Him who struck down great kings,
    For His mercy endures forever;
18 And slew famous kings,
    For His mercy endures forever—
19 Sihon king of the Amorites,
    For His mercy endures forever;
20 And Og king of Bashan,
    For His mercy endures forever—
21 And gave their land as a heritage,
    For His mercy endures forever;
22 A heritage to Israel His servant,
    For His mercy endures forever.

23 Who remembered us in our lowly state,
    For His mercy endures forever;
24 And rescued us from our enemies,
    For His mercy endures forever;
25 Who gives food to all flesh,
    For His mercy endures forever.

26 Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven!
    For His mercy endures forever.

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Write and pray your own Psalm 136. Share it on Instagram or in our group.

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I would love for you to post PICTURES of your gratitude journals or quotes or thoughts as we go along…use the hashtag #CultivateGratitude on Instagram and we can find each other!

Gratitude Resources

Praying Psalm 100

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When my children were little, every Thanksgiving we would memorize Psalm 100 together. I have such happy memories of my little three, four and five year olds reciting God’s Word with praises of thanksgiving to Him!

When we speak aloud His Word we are affirming Him, we are praising Him, we are asking for the Lord’s will to be done in our lives!

Praying the Scriptures has transformed my prayer life. If you’re new to this concept, please head over to this page and read more!

Join me in reading, meditating on and praying Psalm 100 today!

Psalm 100

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

A Prayer Based on Psalm 100

Lord, I come before you with joyful praises! Help me to always serve you with gladness. I come before You with singing and worship. I know and acknowledge you as Lord, You are God. It is You who made us, not we ourselves; we are Your people, the sheep of Your pasture.

Thank you for making me Your sheep. You are a loving Shepherd and I trust You.

I will enter Your presence with thanksgiving and praise. I come before You with a thankful heart and bless Your Name. For You are good, Your mercy is everlasting, and Your truth endures to all generations.

Amen.

More Scriptures to Pray

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Gratitude Resources

A Prayer from Psalm 37

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The Psalms and prayers of David make the most beautiful prayers that we ourselves can use as well. Praying the Psalms was how I first began praying God’s Word. In times of darkness, His Word truly was a lamp unto my path.

Some of us have been reading 1 Psalm a day with the 150 Days in the Psalms plan. {Feel free to jump in with this plan at any time!}

As I was reading and praying through Psalm 37 I was just overcome with all the practical truths in this Psalm that are so applicable for today and for my own heart. So, I thought I would share here.

What I noticed first about this Psalm was that it mentions “Do not fret…” several times! When things are repeated in Scripture we know that they are of great importance and the author is really trying to get his point across.

The word fret can also mean worry. We know that God’s Word is FULL of admonition to NOT WORRY. So, in Psalm 37, we just see this worded in a different way. Do not worry, do not fret, do not be anxious about anything…

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25-27

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.” Psalm 37:7-9

Not only does Psalm 37 encourage us not to fret, but it goes on to tell us what to do instead!

Instead of worrying, Psalm 37 tells us to trust in the Lord, do good, delight yourself in the Lord, commit your way to Him, rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him.

Prayer from Psalm 37

Oh Lord, Your word encourages me not to worry or fret, yet in my humanness and flesh, You know how hard this is for me. Yet, I come to You today asking for Your help. With the power of the Holy Spirit, I know that I can trust You more and worry less. 

Help me to trust in You more than I trust myself or anyone else. Increase my faith, Lord. Help me to find my delight in You and You alone. Show me, Lord, convict my heart when I begin to find my delight in other places. You alone are my sufficiency. 

Today, I commit my ways to You. I commit to trust You more than I worry. I commit to find my joy and peace in You. I rest in You and Your ways. I know that Your ways are higher and better than mine. Though I may not see what You are doing, I know that You are trustworthy. Amen. 

More Praying the Psalms resources

A Prayer from Psalm 17

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“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 17:6-8

Lord, I call on You, I know and trust You will answer me. Show me the wonders of Your great and steadfast love. You have saved me and I find refuge in You. Keep me as the apple of Your eye. Hide me in the shadow of Your wings…

Being hidden in the steadfast love of our heavenly Father is a beautiful thing. To be hidden and sheltered and provided for and covered by His love gives us security and peace and contentment.

Think about the things we hide from others…our shame, our faults, the hidden sins, the jealousy, the pride.

Yet, with God…it is a beautiful and wonderful thing to be hidden. He sees the shame, the faults, the sins, the jealousy and pride. And He pulls us close, covers us with His wings and heals our hearts. Being hidden in Christ brings healing. Being hidden in Christ means our enemies can’t touch us. Our salvation and our hope and our joy is secure. We are covered. Covered in love. Healed by love.

Read more about Praying God’s Word here…

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