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Psalm 129-131

Supplemental notes for the Daily Bible Study Bible Reading Plan

by Wayne Blank

Psalm Chapter 129

The people of Israel became very rehearsed (i.e. to re-hear) in lamenting about the surrounding nations that oppressed them - when Israel became corrupt in the way of The Lord. When Israel was obedient, they were the ruler of the nations around them (e.g. see Solomon's Kingdom and Israelite Monarchy - The United Kingdom). Israel never once lost to an enemy when they were faithful to The Lord.

Map of Solomon's Kingdom

"A Song of Ascents.

"Sorely have they afflicted me from my youth," let Israel now say - "Sorely have they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me. The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows." The Lord is righteous; he has cut the cords of the wicked.

May all who hate Zion [see Zionism] be put to shame and turned backward! Let them be like the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up, with which the reaper does not fill his hand or the binder of sheaves his bosom, while those who pass by do not say, "The blessing of The Lord be upon you! We bless you in the name of The Lord!" (Psalm 129:1-8 RSV)

Psalm Chapter 130

"And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities" describes the one and only Deliverer that Israel, physical or spiritual (see Physical and Spiritual Israel) will ever have. The Christ was "The God Of The Old Testament" i.e. "I want you to know, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses [see Why Did Christ Put Moses To Death?] in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same supernatural food and all drank the same supernatural drink. For they drank from the supernatural Rock which followed them, and the Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 RSV).

"A Song of Ascents.

Out of the depths I cry to Thee, O Lord! Lord, hear my voice! Let Thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!

If Thou, O Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be feared.

I wait for The Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for The Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, hope in The Lord! For with The Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is plenteous redemption. And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities." (Psalm 130:1-8 RSV)

Psalm Chapter 131

The primary reason that King David was a true man of God, despite all of the mistakes that he made, was because he never lost his humility - and from it, his ability to repent. Of The Two Kinds Of Pride, David had humble pride.

"A Song of Ascents. Of David.

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul [see Where Is Your Soul?], like a child quieted at its mother's breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul.

O Israel, hope in The Lord from this time forth and for evermore." (Psalm 131:1-3 RSV)

Fact Finder: Who were some of the enemies of Israel who were allowed to grow strong when Israel grew weak in obedience to The Lord?
Pharaoh Necho
The Ptolemies
The Seleucids

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