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1 (A Song of degrees of David.) If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;

2 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:

3 Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:

4 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:

5 Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.

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

7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.

8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Commentary for Psalms 124

The deliverance of the church. (1-5) Thankfulness for the deliverance. (6-8)

1-5 God suffers the enemies of his people sometimes to prevail very far against them, that his power may be seen the more in their deliverance. Happy the people whose God is Jehovah, a God all-sufficient. Besides applying this to any particular deliverance wrought in our days and the ancient times, we should have in our thoughts the great work of redemption by Jesus Christ, by which believers were rescued from Satan.

6-8 God is the Author of all our deliverances, and he must have the glory. The enemies lay snares for God's people, to bring them into sin and trouble, and to hold them there. Sometimes they seem to prevail; but in the Lord let us put our trust, and we shall not be put to confusion. The believer will ascribe all the honour of his salvation, to the power, mercy, and truth of God, and look back with wonder and thanksgiving on the way in which the Lord has led him. Let us rejoice that our help for the time to come is in him who made heaven and earth.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 124

  • A disciple
    "If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:" We know that we live in a world that is obsessed with filling the air with empty worthless noise to shield everyone from being able to think deeply about Jesus and the truth about their lives, for fear that anyone might repent. The LORD's Spirit in us resists friendship with the world and strengthens us against fear.
  • Regina Pinnock
    If it had not been for lord who was on my side I would not been standing on the lord Jesus side today I was living a very ungodly life not committed to Jesus living one in church and another way out of church fornicating, But Jesus for gave and restore me, others would have condemn me, but thanks be to God my life is his now and I am forever grateful, to God be the glory I live for him now.
  • Dansy Dineshia
    surely God is our shield and our strong hold and deliverance , if he had not been on our side .we could had been swollen by our enemies.
  • Dee
    If it had not been for the Lord, I would have taken my own life. My body was bio-hacked. I was cyberly gang raped, told I was pregnant then forced into a miscarriage. This could only happen in 2017...He continuous to give me strength ever day. There is no living without him. God's will be done in my hacker's life and in mine. I have forgave them. But I know that GOD may still seek HIS revenge.
  • Bruce
    Rosie: I cannot imagine the strain on the heart. Sometimes I go to the phone to call My Son then I remember. But you surely went through a lot more than I did. That Day is coming,Oh what a Celebration it will be! It is amazing how He brings Peace like a river. Thank you for your testimony.
  • Rosie Ann Jordan
    Bless the name of the lord 2009 my life changed for. Ever if it had not been for the LORD for keeping me when my daughter was beat to death and was 6 months pregnant went in to pre. Labor my daughter lived. 3 months and 15 days and then my sweet meme went home to the Lord and lefted me a beautiful granddaughter name sweetie my heart still pain for her but if not for the Lord on my said
  • Princess
    Comment*Am blessed by your work. God bless
  • Patricia
    If it had not been for the Lord on my side, in 2008 when my family was rocked and tested I don't know what I would have done but because he is such a good God he kept me sane, strong and steadfast .

    God saw fit to keep me as I took that 4 year journey with my son, oh there were some sleepless nights and I shedded tears but I always remembered if it had not been for the Lord on my side.

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