Psalm 124 (NLT)
1If the LORD had not been on our side–
let Israel now say–
2 if the LORD had not been on our side
when people rose up against us,
3 they would have swallowed us alive
because of their burning anger against us.
4 The waters would have engulfed us;
a torrent would have overwhelmed us.
5 Yes, the raging waters of their fury
would have overwhelmed our very lives.
6 Blessed be the LORD,
who did not let their teeth tear us apart!
7 We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap.
The trap is broken, and we are free!
8 Our help is from the LORD,
who made the heavens and the earth.
This happened to be my reading for today. Sometimes when I am a bit lost I read the prescribed reading for the day, especially the psalm. It seems to fit better than just reading them all in order, although I have done that too.
I was thinking how well this one fit for today. “If the Lord had not been on our side…”
If the Lord was not at my side right now, how would I cope? If the Lord was not at my side right now how would I deal with a belligerent daughter whose hormones are somewhere off the scale?
“If the LORD had not been on our side when people rose up against us,
they would have swallowed us alive because of their burning anger against us.”
That seems to sum up my life all too frequently these days. But… there is that last verse that reminds me that God is my help – I am not alone. I can lean on him and he will not get tired of holding me up.
All day I have been remembering this psalm.