During day 26 of our study through the Psalms we read chapters 126-131.
Psalm 126 reminded me that we are to persevere in times of trial. One verse in this chapter said” Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!” I take this to mean that when we carry on during difficult seasons of pain and hardship and lean on the Lord for our strength, we will be filled with His joy and peace as we push through, knowing that He is working through us and growing our faith.
In Psalm 127 we see once again that without God, we will not ultimately succeed. Though things may go well for us at times, we cannot experience the ultimate joy and satisfaction that we were designed for unless He is King of our hearts and the driving force behind our actions.
Psalm 128 says those who fear the Lord shall be blessed. The way it describes the author’s house, labor, and family, it gives the impression that when we are obedient to the Lord, we will receive more blessings and be more satisfied in our life. Through obedience to Him we can experience fullness that cannot be found anywhere else.
Psalm 129 says that those who afflicted the author did not prevail. Even though they worked against him, he was not beaten down because he had faith and his hope was in the Lord.
I loved how the author tells us in Psalm 130 that if the Lord marked our iniquities we could not stand. God instead shows forgiveness to His people, allowing us to fear Him. I take this to be a blessing that because of His steadfast love and forgiveness, we can show respect/fear in a way that is not frightened, but in reverence of His love and mercy.