There are two elements of this psalm that stood out to me.
- The Telling of Testimonies
The older generation had been faithful in the telling of their testimonies. They told of the hardships they endured and of the faithfulness of God.
The younger generation then gave their testimonies. They told of their hardships and how they, too, put their faith in God.
- The Certainty of Struggle
It’s a little troubling – to see the harshness of the people’s circumstances considering their faithfulness. They had not forgotten God, had not broken the covenant, and had continued to walk in his ways.
But, then it occurred to me. That is the way of life – a godly life.
“Everyone who desires to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Timothy 3:12
The psalmist cried out, “For your sake we are killed all the day long.” vs 22
Paul echoes those same words in Romans 8:36. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul calls suffering on behalf of Christ “a gift.”
If this psalm ended with verse 22 it would be discouraging indeed. But, the psalmist ended with a reminder of where his hope lies – he cried out to God.
His hope remained steadfast. His faith firm. His heart set.
May that be my testimony as well.