Psalm 124

David sees that if the LORD had not been on their side, angry foreign nations would have swallowed them alive.




A Song of Ascents. By David.

NOTE: The term “A Song of Ascents” identifies psalms 120 to 134 as pilgrim songs to be sung when the Israelites “ascended” (went up) to Jerusalem for the annual feasts.


VERSE 1. If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, let Israel now say,

the LORD … on our side. Have you ever wondered how your life would have gone, if God had NOT been favoring you with his presence and blessings and protection?


VERSE 2. if it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us;

when men rose up against us. Perhaps you have experienced someone rising up against you. It can feel like the end of the world. But even in those dark hours, the LORD still walks with us.


VERSE 3. then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their wrath was kindled against us;

swallowed us up alive. Some people are experts at making other people suffer.

their wrath was kindled. Some people kindle their wrath. It burns within them, and they add fuel to that fire, to make their anger even more intense.


VERSE 4. then the waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul;


VERSE 5. then the proud waters would have gone over our soul.

gone over our soul. Wrathful people cause their wrath to engulf other people’s lives.


VERSE 6. Blessed be the LORD, who has not given us as a prey to their teeth.


VERSE 7. Our soul has escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare. The snare is broken, and we have escaped.

escaped like a bird. By God’s grace, we are eventually able to escape from the trap that had been set for us.


VERSE 8. Our help is in the LORD’s name, who made heaven and earth.


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