1 “They have greatly oppressed me from my youth,” let Israel say; 2 “they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me. 3 Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long. 4 But the Lord is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.”
5 May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame. 6 May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow; 7 a reaper cannot fill his hands with it, nor one who gathers fill his arms. 8 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.”
Heavenly Father, thank you that you are righteous (v4) and just. In times of suffering and oppression, help us to trust that you are in control and that you will free us (v4) and even use the ploughs of the oppressor (v3) for our good. Thank you that Jesus has gained the ultimate victory for us at the cross so we can be certain of our deliverance. Amen.