Oppressed for Good
Verses 121-122 I have done what is righteous and just; do not leave me to my oppressors. Ensure Your servant’s well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me.
We have reached the sixteenth stanza as we continue to join the psalmist in this prayer of praise about the Word of the Lord.
The psalmist begins this stanza with a plea that the Lord remember how much he had done to live the righteous life. He asked that God not desert him to his oppressors. These oppressors seem to be causing the song smith much aggravation. Though we don’t know the way they were oppressing him we can guess that it was something that was recently happening as he mentions it over and over in the psalm.
It is easy to understand where the song writer was coming from in his pointing out that he had been living as God had called His people to live. We like to think that if we obey Him, we won’t have to worry about anything because God will take care of it. While it is true that God will care for us in every situation, it doesn’t mean that He won’t allow us to experience any trials.
This doesn’t mean that we can’t ask God for His protection or doubt that He will protect us, but we must be understanding that while He will protect us it may not always be in the way we would think or how we would want. His ways are not our ways and so we need to surrender to His way of protecting or rescuing us.
If you have ever been in a situation of oppression you will understand the frustration of dealing with these type of people. Often they don’t oppress us on their own, they gather others to join in their oppression. This can add to the stress we feel but that is when turning to God can bring us the strength to endure what we are going through. When we turn to Him we remember that He is still in control and won’t let us be defeated. If He knows it is for our good that we go through this, we will have to go through it. But even going through it can be a blessing when we are going through it like the psalmist was, in good standing with God.
Making It Personal
What forms of oppression have you gone through? How did you respond to the oppression? What has God taught you through it?
Making It Personal Kids
Can you describe something that would be oppressing? How would you deal with that? Does having a good relationship with Jesus help you through hard times?
Father, thank You for caring for us in the midst of oppressors. Help us to learn all that You want us to learn through these hard times in life so that we can bring You great glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.