Protection of the Oppressed
A song of ascents.
1 Since my youth they have often attacked me—
let Israel say—
2 Since my youth they have often attacked me,
but they have not prevailed against me.
3 Plowmen plowed over my back;
they made their furrows long.
4 The Lord is righteous;
He has cut the ropes of the wicked.
5 Let all who hate Zion
be driven back in disgrace.
6 Let them be like grass on the rooftops,
which withers before it grows up[a]
7 and can’t even fill the hands of the reaper
or the arms of the one who binds sheaves.
8 Then none who pass by will say,
“May the Lord’s blessing be on you.”
We bless you in the name of Yahweh.
The only thing I want to add to the Psalm today is the title they choose by the translaters. To me, this is not a psalm about the oppressed, as much as there is a protection for those who experience oppresion!
To me, this is a Psalm about the elected, the chosen ones, the set apart as the Psalmist declares: Since my youth they have attacked me…!
When God set you apart, hell breaks loose and comes agains the Zion’ dwellers!
But, whatever they try, their seed will not grow on the rooftop and it will not becomes harvest in the arms of the ‘reapers’!