Sometimes Israel denotes the nation, sometimes the church, and on rare occasions the Lord Jesus, e.g. “Out of Egypt have I called my Son.” The psalm obviously depicts the sufferings of God’s people at the hands of their enemies. Right from their birth as a nation, they had known the deep furrows of enmity laid upon them.
Yet it is also true of our Lord, that from His childhood He experienced the same. Recollect how, as a child He was hunted by Herod, and eventually despised by His own, and ultimately gave His back to the smiters (Isa.50:6). The smiters and ploughers upon Christ and His church shall not prosper, and contrary to Ps.126:6, the mower will not have sufficient in the wicked to bind into sheaves. Indeed, the angel reapers in the last day shall gather the chaff and cast into everlasting fire.
1 Oft did they vex me from my youth,