1: “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side…” – David begins this psalm with an if – then format. If God had not been there, then things would have been different.
3: “then they would have swallowed us up alive.” – God delivers His people from those who seek to destroy them.
6: “Blessed be the Lord who has not given us as prey to their teeth.” – God will provide when we turn to Him in our time of need. He is always available, never abandoning us to our distress or anxieties.
8: “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” – Calling out His name, seeking our maker, we will find refuge and strength.
Points to Contemplate:
Do you ever feel defeated?
Are there times when it seems that you are under constant attack? Does your schedule become inundated with demands on your time? Does everyone seem to need something from you? Are you pressured to perform task after task with no time for yourself and with little room for error? Do you feel as though you are under constant scrutiny and that no matter what you do you fall short of your own expectations? Do others criticize you and reinforce your feelings of failure? Do you feel that your life operates only for the advantage of others? Where do you seek refuge?
If God were not in your life, then what would happen?
David suggests that we would be swallowed up alive, that the flood waters would sweep over us. Is God keeping the flood waters of your life at bay? Does He lift you like a “bird from the snare of the fowlers,” helping you to escape and fly off into the evening sky? Would there be escape from the pressures, challenges and problems you face in your life without God’s help? Where else could you turn? Drugs? Alcohol? Sex? Do you see the importance His refuge plays in your life? Can you take shelter from the storm by turning to God?
Does your faith provide you comfort?
Or do you fret and worry? Is a steady diet of anxiety and tension a big part of your life? Since God is in control, since the Creator of heaven and earth has promised to be with you always, why do you worry? Shouldn’t your faith in God erase your fears and remove all doubt? Can you allow Him to bring victory into your life? Are you able to call out His name in times of need and then able to hand over these issues to God to handle? Promise of the Gospel:
Today’s psalm gives us the ability to ask the improbable and experience the incredible. Every element of our life can be brought before David’s if-then formula to provide analysis and reassurance. If God is this… If God does that… When God promises this… If I were to turn to God when… THEN, our lives become everything He has planned them to be.