Step 10: Psalm 129

Psalms 129:1-8 says, “1Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say: 2Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me. 3The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows. 4The LORD is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked. 5Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion. 6Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up: 7Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom. 8Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you: we bless you in the name of the LORD.”

The tenth level of praise for the believer is overcoming their enemies. Defeating the wickedness and temptations of the devil is definitely a sound of praise that rings in the ears of God Almighty! A good example is none other than Jesus Christ. Verse 3 of this chapter actually ushers a prophetic verse concerning our beloved Savior, which states that His back was plowed with long furrows, which refers to His flesh being torn from His body with the cat-of-nine-tails, which contained big bones of teeth that tore into human flesh. It made Jesus’ back appear like someone had plowed through it. But at the end, He overcame every enemy and adversary that troubled His soul, dying on the cross for our sins and three days later resurrecting from the grave. Only our God could do that, and by us suffering for His name and conquering every devil that opposes us, He receives the glory!

We may face afflictions in our lives that we deal with, even from our youth, but if we stand faithful to God and stay focused in the midst of our trials, it is a wonderful fragrance that enters into the nostrils of our heavenly Father! People will even stand against us, seeking to destroy us completely out of spite and jealousy, but they will wither away as grass during a dry season because God’s blessing is upon us, and whatever our hands touches prospers as a result of our obedience to Him. We cannot allow our faith to waver as a direct result of someone else’s hate of us. We cannot please everyone, but as long as we have faith, we will please God, and that is what is most important!

Regardless of the life you choose to live, whether you are a sinner or a saint, a good person or a bad person, one who is moral or one who is immoral, people will attack your integrity. Psalms 25:21 says, “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.” The higher you are placed on a pedestal, whether that is in church, business, government, school, athletics, etc., the greater the target you have on your back. The world loves to see people of a higher class and character fall, when they should hope for their success. Integrity is of significant wealth to every individual who has ever walked on this planet, and when it is damaged, it can take a lifetime to rebuild, if it can ever even arrive to that place. However, although people may gossip, start rumors and create lies on you to try to ruin your testimony and reputation, your integrity will sustain you all the way through those trials, troubles and tribulations. In other words, your integrity will defend you and win at the end!

Job is another example. Several times do you read in that precious book that he “held fast to his integrity” because really that was all he had left. Reputation is how others perceive you. Integrity is how you perceive yourself, and a strong, preserving integrity is the primary result of character. Your reputation may be under attack, but your character is what will allow you to overcome every single time. Job’s friends tried to define Job’s character and attack his reputation, but his integrity paved the path for his success and victory at the end, receiving a blessed double portion of what he had originally lost. It is about holding fast to your integrity so that you integrity will preserve you!

If people are not careful, they can damage their own reputation by getting caught up in the land of “dramaville” by trying to defend their own integrity and attack those who attack them. The Bible teaches us that we are not to fight against flesh and blood, but rather principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). Instead of analyzing the situation as people are always attacking you, understand that there is a devil loose who seeks to destroy your destiny and purpose in God. Once you comprehend it that it is more on a spiritual level than a natural level, then you can fight your adversary by holding fast to your weapon of integrity. Do not seek vengeance on everyone who has done you wrong with this Madea theology that, “if they get me, get me, get me, I got to get them, get them, get them!” Be who God has called you to be and stand strong by maintaining character. The wealth of integrity cannot be matched, and if you will allow your integrity to defend you, you will never have to defend it. At the end, you will overcome, and people will be influenced by your life. That is what makes the difference!

Step 9: Psalm 128

Psalms 128:1-6 says, “1Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. 2For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 3Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 4Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. 5The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. 6Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.”


Step 8: Psalm 127

Psalms 127:1-5 says, “1Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 2It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. 3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”


Step 7: Psalm 126

Psalms 126:1-6 says, “1When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. 3The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. 4Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. 5They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”


Step 6: Psalm 125

Psalms 125:1-5 says, “1They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. 2As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. 3For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity. 4Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts. 5As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.”


Step 5: Psalm 124

Psalms 124:1-8 says, “1If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; 2If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us: 3Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: 4Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: 5Then the proud waters had gone over our soul. 6Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. 7Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. 8Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”


Step 4: Psalm 123

Psalms 123:1-4 says, “1Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. 2Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us. 3Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt. 4Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.”


Step 3: Psalm 122

Psalms 122 says, “1I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. 2Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. 3Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: 4Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD. 5For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. 6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 7Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. 8For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. 9Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.”


Step 2: Psalm 121

Psalms 121:1-8 says, “1I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”


Step 1: Psalm 120

Psalms 120:1-7 says, “1In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me. 2Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. 3What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? 4Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper. 5Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar! 6My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace. 7I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.”