Ode to Psalm 129 #April #PoetryMonth

Stair 10 in the Psalms of Ascent

(Stepping Up Study by Beth Moore)

At the beginning of 2008, I participated in a group Bible study on the Psalms of Ascent. I truly miss diving into the word via Beth Moore’s teaching. On occasion, I will take out my box of Bible study workbooks (I once calculated 10 years and over 1000 hours of study inside that box!)


I will have to write up a reflection on the full lesson related to this poem at a later date. But for now, and in the name of April being poetry month, here is my personal version of Psalm 129 and how I used the format as a proclamation of my own life as of March 2008…


Since I first acknowledged the Word

Forces have tried to destroy me with a sword

Oppression and destruction they wanted for me

Little did they know there would be no victory

When they tortured me and tied me with chains

God knew one day only the scars would remain

May those who despise me, fall short of their goals

May they find all their effort just result in bigger holes

Holes in their hearts they cannot fill

The stuff of this world, from their grasp, further still

May all who witness their great defeat

Never say, “The blessings of God will be your retreat.”

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