Had It Not Been – Psalm 124

Speaking of addictions, but not Anglophilia, haven’t we all been addicted to something?

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Chocolate? Gum? Alcohol? Drugs? An addiction just starts out as a pleasant diversion, but when the search for continued diversion continues to an unhealthy level, the addiction can become a snare from which there is no escape. Our human will-power is most often not enough to free us. Now, more than ever before, Satan uses addictions to divert our attention from the things that truly matter. He has so many tools at his disposal!

The obvious enemies, man and nature, are easy to spot, and David had faced both in his life. However, David also was ensnared in his own private struggles, and only God could break through and release him from the pitfalls and traps where he became entangled. On a national level, the Israelites had been threatened by other nations and the elements but, also, by their struggles with Satan. Jesus cautions us to fear God, instead of men (or natural disasters) because it is God that holds our future in His hands. Luke 12:4-6 Don’t you love the way Jesus compares us to sparrows, just like David does in his song of praise?

1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side—
let Israel now say—
2if it had not been the LORD who was on our side
when people rose up against us,
3then they would have swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;
4then the flood would have swept us away,
the torrent would have gone over us;
5then over us would have gone
the raging waters.

6Blessed be the LORD,
who has not given us
as prey to their teeth!
7We 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.

This psalm has been the inspiration for many hymns and many, many recordings. However, the one hymn that I know was penned by Debbie Dorman for her Songs of Hope album. I couldn’t find a recording to share, but perhaps once you’ve seen the lyrics, you will remember the tune. At any rate, if you are ensnared in sin, your help comes from the Lord, the Creator God, who cares for you and values you highly.

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