I recently read Psalm 124 and was drawn to the words and the style of this particular Psalm. It reminded me of a season in my life and the Lord had walked with me every step. The line “If it had not been for the Lord” is a worthy statement to consider and give some thought. What would your life or a season in your life look like without the Lord? Where would you be without heeding His direction?
This is what David says of the Lord in Psalm 124:
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side—Psalm 124
let Israel now say—
2 if it had not been the Lord who was on our side
when people rose up against us,
3 then they would have swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;
4 then the flood would have swept us away,
the torrent would have gone over us;
5 then over us would have gone
the raging waters. 6 Blessed be the Lord,
who has not given us
as prey to their teeth!
7 We have escaped like a bird
from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped! 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
After reading this Psalm and considering the words I began to write my own version. The words poured out of me as I remembered how the Lord had spared and protected me during a season in my life. As I finished I felt the victory that comes with a life hidden in Christ and submitting to Truth. Here is my version of Psalm 124:
“1 If it had not been for the Lord who was on my side-
Let me now say-
2 If it had not been for the Lord on my side
When they called out to discredit me.
3 Then they would have swallowed me up
When their control over me was threatened.
4 The abandonment would have crushed me
The loss would have been too much.
5 Then depression would have devoured me. Bless the Lord who has not given me over to be broken.
6 I escaped like a bird from a snare of the fowlers;
The snare is broken,
7 And I have escaped! Our help is in the name of the Lord
Who made heaven and earth.”
David was clearly experiencing a situation that was the threatening and dangerous but God brought him to a place of victory. I felt that same victory in my season and I went back to God’s word to see how I could escape this situation.
Have you been in a place where you don’t know where you would have been without the Lord? I encourage you to take Psalm 124 and rewrite it to be your Psalm of victorious praise to the Lord for being with you!
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