Psalm 129:5–6: “Let all those who hate Zion / Be put to shame and turned back. / Let them be as the grass on the housetops, / Which withers before it grows up,”

November 9th, 2017 by Pastor Ed in devotional

Psalm 129 focuses on the perseverance and survival of the most enduring people on the planet. Frederick the Great (1712–1786), the king of Prussia, had a discussion with his chaplain regarding the truthfulness of the Bible. He complained, “Every time I’ve asked for proof, I’m given some enormous book on the inspiration of the Bible, which I have neither time nor disposition to read. If the Bible is really from God, you should be able to give me proof of its inspiration in a word.” The chaplain wisely answered, “Your majesty, it is possible to give the proof you ask for in a single word.” Frederick looked at him skeptically. “Israel,” the chaplain said. Frederick, so the story goes, was silent.

In spite of persecutions, captivity, exile, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Holocaust, and numerous current on-going anti-Semitic efforts to extinguish the Jews, they remain. Israel’s enemies will never have the last word—God Almighty will. Christian believers are grafted into Israel and are the spiritual seed of Abraham. Therefore, we too can claim victory because of our Messiah’s suffering for us.

“LORD, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem and Your hand of blessing on them.”