“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.”
If had not been for the Lord who was on our side, where would we be? Have you ever thought back over life and in hindsight seen the hand of the Lord? How he’s covered many of us in our mess and foolishness; and how many of us may have played Russian roulette with our very lives or livelihood?
This Psalm pierces me to tears as I think about the goodness of God. As much as we seek for ourselves, when are we going to begin seeking God for just being Him? It’s not about how much money we can get, the elite status we can achieve here on earth, and definitely not about how good we can make ourselves up to look…it’s about Christ. Money changes hands, people fade out and die, what’s “hot” today may not be “hot” tomorrow, but the Word of the Lord stands forever. And I thank God for being able to receive that message.
We flock to the throne when a loved one is sick or we need a “breakthrough”, but how would you feel if someone only approached you for what they can get out of you? Let us reflect on that the next time we ask God for something. Do we seek Him even when everything seems to be going okay? Praise and worship is a lifestyle, not just something done when our lives seem to be headed for the dumpsters…