Day 5

Our Protection Comes from the Lord



Psalm 124:1-8

BY She Reads Truth

Scripture Reading: Psalm 124

The Christian life is a climb—a journey of constant growth, sacrifice, and trusting God for what we cannot see. As Eugene Peterson said, we are pilgrims, but we are also disciples—always moving and always learning. The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) were sung by worshipers as they made the journey up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. In this 3-week reading plan, we are digging into these traveling songs with the help of short summary essays and thoughtful, reflective questions for each psalm. Take your pack on your shoulder and walk with us as we pursue God together.

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Psalm 124 (CSB)
THE LORD IS ON OUR SIDE
A song of ascents. Of David.

1 If the LORD had not been on our side —
let Israel say —
2 If the LORD had not been on our side
when people attacked us,
3 then they would have swallowed us alive
in their burning anger against us.
4 Then the water would have engulfed us;
the torrent would have swept over us;
5 the raging water would have swept over us.

6 Blessed be the LORD,
who has not let us be ripped apart by their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird from the hunter’s net;
the net is torn, and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

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A Song of Rescue
Danger takes on many forms, both externally and internally.

Israel’s story is full of danger—warring with neighboring armies who wanted to destroy them, and fighting against the temptation to follow after other gods. The pilgrim-disciple confesses that, had it not been for God, all of Israel would have been consumed by enemies, dragons, and floods. This song calls us to to deal honestly with our need for rescue, and to make this part of our worship as we praise God for His mercy and grace.

Reflect
1. When was the last time danger snuck up on you or surprised you? What are some of the real dangers you face externally right now? Internally?

2. This psalm describes danger as a dragon that swoops in to swallow us alive. How does this song respond to the danger? What would happen if God opted not to rescue you? What would become of you if God left you as He found you?

3. From what does God rescue us? How does God rescue us? See Ephesians 2:1-7.

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96 thoughts on "Our Protection Comes from the Lord"

  1. Alli Habe says:

    I have been experiencing scary panic attacks. I cry out to the Lord. Most times I am comforted and some I fight through, but I don’t feel alone. Lord, rescue me!

  2. Caitie Fredrickson says:

    God has rescued me from so much death and darkness. He has rescued me from evil people who sought my demise. And not only has he rescued it- he has restored it. All glory and honor and praise forever to Jesus!

  3. Kayleigh says:

    Those questions are chilling. I shudder to even try to think of where I’d be had God not intervened the many times he did… I’d either be in a REALLY dark place or I’d be dead, most likely the latter. I thank God for every day that I breathe, for it is another day to praise Him for the life He gave me, the life I now love and cherish so much. Even though I am not singing praises to Him as often as I probably should, I see living my life to its fullest is one of the best ways I can personally glorify Him, because there was a time when I didn’t want to live at all and hated the very breaths I took. God is SO good, and I would be nowhere if it were not for Him. I am so eternally blessed!!

  4. Lucy says:

    Suh a powerful word today! Really shows how much God cares and how lucky we are to have him think where you would be today if we did not have him!

  5. Swallowed alive, engulfed, torn by teeth and trapped–those are phrases that can describe how I feel when I am focused on my circumstances instead of transfixed on the face of my Rescuer. By faith I must remember that I am already delivered and safe no matter what storm is swirling in my earthly circumstances.

  6. Sarah says:

    Lord, you say abide in you and turn to you who is the one who works in us. Please help us to all tie to You as You want to change us and make us grow in You for Your glory. Please do Your work in me, Samantha, and all of us ladies reading this study.

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