Psalm 124 - Printable Version

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Psalm 124 - DeanZF - 03-24-2013

Psalm 124

Praise for Rescue from Enemies

A Song of Ascents, of David
<LIST type="decimal">
  1. <LI>
  2. "Had it not been the LORD who was on our side,"

    Let Israel now say,</LI>
  3. "Had it not been the LORD who was on our side

    When men rose up against us,</LI>
  4. Then they would have swallowed us alive,

    When their anger was kindled against us;</LI>
  5. Then the waters would have engulfed us,

    The stream would have swept over our soul;</LI>
  6. Then the raging waters would have swept over our soul."</LI>

  7. Blessed be the LORD,

    Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth.</LI>
  8. Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper;

    The snare is broken and we have escaped.</LI>
  9. Our help is in the name of the LORD,

    Who made heaven and earth.</LI>
</LIST>King David has provided us with such great life examples. His song here tells all of Israel to repeat after him, "Had it not been the Lord Who was on our side, the raging waters would have swept over (us)." David knew that we need to remind ourselves that God is indeed on our side and that He loves us because we are His workmanship. Men rose up against him and people/men rise up against us. We feel the heat of their anger and can sense their bared teeth as they would eat us alive. David also seems to be warning us not to be those people. The enemy of the souls of believers loves nothing better than to convert a brother to a biter, or a sister to a hisser.

As we continue through the wilderness between home and Jerusalem, perhaps we see a lion or snake and through His grace we escape the possibility of death. Our help is indeed in His very name--HaShem. If we can believe He created heaven and earth, can we also believe that He'll protect us from those snares and the teeth of those who would tear us?