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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 124: God our deliverer, worthy of our praise


A song of ascents. Of David.


[Preliminary Comments: In this fifth short psalm of ascents, the psalmist thinks back to times when the enemy had come against them [going on a stage from v.4 of the previous psalm] they would have been swept away if it hadn't been for the Lord being there for them. It is thus a psalm that acclaims the Lord as their deliverer and who is thus worthy of their praise.]



v.1-5 Recognition of the Lord's saving grace on their behalf


v.1  If the Lord had not been on our side 
    let Israel say 
v.2  if the Lord had not been on our side
    when people attacked us,
v.3  they would have swallowed us alive
    when their anger flared against us;
v.4  the flood would have engulfed us,
    the torrent would have swept over us,
v.5  the raging waters
    would have swept us away.


v.6,7 Praise is due to the Lord who had delivered them


v.6  Praise be to the Lord,
    who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
v.7  We have escaped like a bird
    from the fowler's snare;
the snare has been broken,
    and we have escaped.

v.8 Let's acknowledge our helper is the Lord Almighty


v.8  Our help is in the name of the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.



[Additional Comments: In simple terms the psalm acknowledges the strife and opposition from others that they had experienced as a nation and recognises that if God hadn't stood up for them, they would no longer exist, having been utterly swept away. The Lord who is Creator is thus also their deliverer and is worthy of their praise which they should bring to Him as they approach Him.]



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