Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say:
2 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.
3 The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.
4 The Lord is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.
5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.
6 Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up:
7 Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom.
8 Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the Lord be upon you: we bless you in the name of the Lord.
When I first read this Psalm, it wasn’t one I was familiar with. I wasn’t even sure what the word imagery was referring to. However, after reading several other translations, I was able to appreciate the author’s descriptions of finding freedom from his enemies. One thing I won’t do though is curse my enemies, because Jesus said to pray for them (Matt. 5:43-45). This is a short Psalm but very descriptive. I’ve tried to capture it in my own words and experience.
“From a young age I have felt attacked by the enemy, Satan.
Even as an adult, Satan attacks me through others who don’t love God.
But God’s won the victory!
He sent Jesus to free me from those who want to hurt me.
Those bullies should be ashamed!
They are like a campfire that has water poured on it so it won’t give heat and goes out.
They cannot be blessed.”
Now go and bless someone today.
Jarmila Krause Van Arsdell
Wife, Mother, Teacher
Yakima, WA USA