Had the Lord Not Been on Our Side (4/20)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Psalm 121, 123-125, 128, 130.

‘Had it not been the Lord who was on our side,’ Let Israel now say, ‘Had it not been the Lord who was on our side when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive, when their anger was kindled against us; then the waters would have engulfed us, the stream would have swept over our soul; then the raging waters would have swept over our soul.’

Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us to be torn by their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; the snare is broken and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 124:1-8).

It is the natural reaction of many people to turn to the Lord in time of trouble. But after we overcome the temptation, we forget that God provided the way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). After we repent of sins and receive forgiveness, we forget that God made that forgiveness possible through the blood of Christ (1 John 1:7,9). After we endure difficult circumstances, we forget that it is through Christ that we have our strength (Philippians 4:13).

The psalmist reminds Israel to never forget that God was their helper. Even though the trials mentioned in this psalm were past, they were to remember what God had done to get them through these challenges.

Twice he says, “Had it not been the Lord who was on our side…” (Psalm 124:1-2). This is meant for emphasis. Without God on their side, they would have failed. With God, they prospered. The same is true for us today.

If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31).

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

Victory is found only in Christ.

Tomorrow’s reading: 2 Samuel 1-4

[I’m using the Chronological reading plan on the Bible Gateway website if you’d like to follow along, too.]

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