The thought that I have on my heart for you today is, “Help from the Lord” and my text is Psalm 124:1-8 where we read, “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: Then the proud waters had gone over our soul. Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” (KJV)
This Psalm of David is a psalm of divine deliverance, worship of God because of His deliverance, and then, confidence in the God of heaven for all future trials. What a blessing it is to have the Lord to depend on and look to in this life! From our text, we find that David and Israel had been in some desperate situations in life, and they said, “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,” things would have turned out differently than they did. Dear believer, where would we be without the Lord? Throughout the history of the earthly covenant people of God, Israel experienced many occasions in which they realized that, humanly speaking, they didn’t stand a chance against their foes. According to the Word of God, the day is coming when Satan, through his man the antichrist, will attempt to wipe Israel from the face of this earth. But as God has always been their defense, He will be their help again!
Today, many believers are often in similar situations where the enemy is ready to “swallow us up quick.” The waters of trouble and the streams of sorrow would overwhelm us were it not for the wonderful deliverance we experience from the hand of our Lord. We can truly say with the Psalmist, “Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” I wish I could say to you that you will not have any troubles today, or tomorrow, or the next day, but I simply don’t know that. One thing I do know is that, as troubles and trials and difficulties in our life arise, the people of God have the blessed assurance of knowing that help is always available in our Lord. He who made heaven and the earth can surely deliver His own in the hour of trouble. That was true in David’s day and it remains true to for us as well.
Pastor Joey Durham