From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me, but they have never defeated me) Psalm 129:2 NLT).
This Psalm recounted the sufferings of the people of Israel. They had been persecuted, beaten, hated. But through it all there’s a thread of hope – God is good.
God had been with them while they had been enslaved and treated poorly. God had been with them in the wilderness. God had walked with them to the Promised Land and had been with them every day. He had never allowed them to be defeated in any of the many battles they had fought as long as they remained faithful to him.
God had not allowed their enemies to triumph over them. The psalmist wrote so they people could remember that God had been good to them. But first, I think he wanted to remind himself that in spite of all that he had been through, God had kept his promise–he had never left him, neither had he forsaken him.
The writer of this psalm makes reference to a history of persecution. From his earliest age, his enemies have harassed him and treated him poorly.
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But the writer is not disheartened. He acknowledges that even though he has gone through hard times he was never defeated. He was victorious because God is good.
How It Applies to Us
God is good. And because He is, though we are persecuted by the enemy we will not be defeated.
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
Victory is ours because of our faith in the Heavenly Father.