The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of November 1-7, 2015, is Psalm 129:1-4. Psalm 129 is a song of ascent, sung on the way to Jerusalem, where the Israelites would celebrate and feast before the Lord. On their journey to Jerusalem, they are reminded of their struggles and trials, and how they overcame them.
Many a time and much have they afflicted me from my youth up—let Israel now say—Many a time and much have they afflicted me from my youth up, yet they have not prevailed against me. The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows. The Lord is [uncompromisingly] righteous; He has cut asunder the thick cords by which the wicked [enslaved us]. (Psalm 129:1-4, AMP)
Like the author of this psalm, we have all experienced times of trial and affliction. We have all been beaten down, yet we must also rise, remembering that the Lord is always with us. As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week’s verse, consider the trials you have faced. How have you succeeded? What trials are you facing now? How can the Lord help?