Psalm 124 A song of ascents. Of David
1 If the Lord had not been on our side— let Israel say — 2 if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us, 3 they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us; 4 the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, 5 the raging waters would have swept us away.6 Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth. 7 We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Dr. Bullock told us that this Psalm of David recounted the time in Israel’s history when they had been attacked they passed through the Red Sea. David asks the question? What if the Lord had not been with us? The enemy would have defeated Israel and they would have been swallowed up by the Sea. Our wise professor, quickly turned from explanation to application. He recounted times in his own life when he would not have made it if the Lord had not been on his side.
I found my mind wandering. Not, because he had lost my attention, but because I was remembering times when I wouldn’t have made it, if the Lord had not been on my side. I remembered averted tragedies, times of peril in my spiritual walk, attacks from people who did not seek my good. And in spite of it all, I was sitting in a Bible class at Wheaton College and I was not destroyed. Tears fell freely from my eyes as I recounted the goodness of God.
It’s been twenty-five years since I sat in that class and more tragedies have been averted and more attacks have been thwarted and more seas of improbable opportunities have opened when situations seemed impossible. It’s a Psalm that reminds me to be grateful that in spite of all of the challenges of life. Because of God, I’m still standing.
What about you? What if the Lord had not been on your side?