Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fix Your Eyes on God

“Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth” — let Israel now say — “Greatly 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 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 nor the binder of sheaves his arms, nor do those who pass by say, “The blessing of the Lord be upon you! We bless you in the name of the Lord!” (Psalm 129, ESV)

Though oppression is great, God gives strong shoulders to bear those burdens. Nothing happens apart from His design, for the Lord is righteous. And may this be your hope as you journey through the valley: no valley lasts forever. Ahead of you, though you cannot see it right now, there is another mountain top awaiting you.
Those who hate Zion are to be turned back, are to wither away, are to be thought of as insignificant, and are not to be greeted or blessed. But those who love Zion are blessed by the Lord.

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