Psalm 124

   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.

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  1. A little appropriate for us too, last night. But God was gracious.

    Ben came and woke me up, just as I was falling asleep. Said he needed to talk to me fairly urgently.

    He’d felt it was right to stop going out with his girlfriend of the last 2 months. He’d asked God for the right opportunity and it had presented itself, so he was sure it was the right thing to do. She’s not a christian.

    He got a call on his mobile from her last night. Apparently she was suicidal, had gone out in the rain. Oh, BTW she’d also got a gun. He was obviously pretty upset, because he feels (and partly is) responsible. We got in the car and started to drive to where she’d said she was. Ben kept trying to call her, but apparently she’d blocked his calls. Eventually when we were about half way there he got through. She’d gone home again. The grace of God, answering the prayers of us all.

    Chris was at home praying, and so was Sarah. Things could have been so different.

  2. Linea

    Toni – well, breaking up was probably the best thing to do in the long run. Better now than letting things get more involved. And he made the choice himself, hard as it must have been. Glad that disaster did not happen for you guys.

    This may sound trite but out of all this I am learning that God is my rock – even when I can’t see or feel him he is there at my foundations. And that makes a lot of difference for me right now.

  3. Sharon

    I’ve had this flu thingy going with me since 2a.m. Monday morning…in hospital…bla, bla, bla,…anyway, this being Wed. evening I needed to catch up on blog reading. This is the Psalm I had been singing to myself all day Tuesday…couldn’t get it out of my mind….I was with you in that and didn’t even know it, but I kept singing “If it had not been for the Lord on MY side. Made me rethink of where I could be at this point in my life – without him. Probably where I was 15 years ago……totally lost! I’m praying for you in my God-given time of recovery……..blessings….