Psalm 124

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1: If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; edit

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

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

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

5: Then the proud waters had gone over our soul. edit

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

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

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


Psalm 124 || Paraphrase


The LORD has been faithful to Israel in troubled times. When reading the Old Testament, the Israelites are always in a spot where they need God. Sometimes they forget that God has always helped them in times of need. They lash out at God stating that He does not hear them. This Psalm that King David wrote is a reminder to trust in the Lord because He has always remembered the Jewish people. This account given about the provision of God about how the flood would have engulfed them, the torrent would have swept over them, the raging waters sweeping them away. All of this is referring to the Israelites escape from the Egyptians in the book of Exodus. When they were standing at the coast of the Red Sea they believed that it was the end, and that God had forsaken them. But right when they thought it was over, God told Moses to raise his hands and to part the Red Sea. The Israelites walked across the Red Sea on dry ground and as they reached the other side, they saw the Egyptian Soldiers gaining on them, once again the Israelites thought it was all over for them. Then God closed up the sea, and the waters destroyed the Egyptians and they were finally free from them. The reason why something like this would have been written is because the Israelites have always had a bad tendency to turn away from God. When they wander in the desert they call out to God asking Him if the desert is where they’ll die as if that being His only reason for bringing them out of Egypt. When they needed water, God had Moses either strike the stone or ask the stone for water, and it gave them water. When the Hebrew people needed food, God made manna fall from the sky, there would be enough on the ground for enough food until more manna fell. In a time when they needed direction and had no idea what to do about keeping civility, the LORD gave them the Law through Moses or guidance from the numerous prophets after Moses; Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah, and many others. And when they were faithful to God and enemy nations rose up and threatened to take their land from them, He provided for them King Saul, King David, Gideon, and many others that would defend the land of Israel from those who would seek to destroy it. There was not a time that God was on the side of the Jews as long as they were faithful, but there is another side to this psalm. While the Lord is always on the side of the Israelites; if they were in a constant state of disobedience, God would give them many warnings and if they still did not listen, then He would allow them to be carried off into bondage by the godless nations. They would be conquered in war and turned into slaves. Other times the kings that were in place would abuse their power and create disunity that would end up in civil war. But in the end, God would still stay true to His promise, even if His people didn’t, and eventually take them back.

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