Psalms 129: Overcoming Evil
One of the best things about the book of Psalms is that you get to see pictures of human emotion. While most of them are certainly about praising God, they are not saying that life is all kinds of sunshine and flowers. Start reading Psalms 129 for example.
Psa 129:1 A Song of degrees. Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say:
Psa 129:2 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.
There is a definite acknowledgment here that life is difficult. It is not like having God there prevented every problem from the experience of Israel. However, notice the end of verse two. The problems have not prevailed.
There is a definite difference here, and I feel like it bears some emphasis. On one hand, these verses provide the knowledge that people have problems. Things happen in our lives that we don’t like, and these things can be very difficult. They also can happen over a long period of time. Verse two seems to indicate that they were lifelong problems.
However, even in that kind of a scenario where there are serious problems, they have not prevailed. For some reason, we are able to hold on even though we don’t want to. We doubt that we can do it, but we make it through.
It is not explicitly said in this chapter, but I think that we know where this Psalmist is coming from. Evil does not prevail because we have support from God. Sometimes we can’t do everything on our own strength, but God will provide the strength to help us along the way.
Life isn’t always easy, and I think that we can all identify with that. We all have problems, and we all have situations that we wish were a little bit different. However, as much as evil might exist, it certainly does not have to prevail.