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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

PSALM 124







Oh, my!  This Psalm is so appropriate for today and our prayer for our nation calling upon the name of the Lord.  Some say it is written by David, but some say it could have been Mordecai, Queen Esther's guardian uncle celebrating how God used Esther "for such a time as this," to save the Jews from the total genocide as planned by cunning Haman.
 


"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 give us as prey to their teeth.
Our soul 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."




No matter what happens, the Lord is on our side!
However, God is present when men rise up against us:
no matter if...
they seek to swallow us up quickly,
have kindled wrath against us,
whose waters overwhelmed,
as water over the soul,
as prey to their teeth.



Umm.  I don't know about you, but as for me and my house,
we are calling upon God for our nation.
Don't forget, this Psalm is based on politics:
Mordecai,
Esther,
King of Persia,
Haman


The noose Haman built to kill Queen Esther's uncle and all the Jewish people held captive in Persia, was a perfect example of "giving him enough rope to hang himself."
It was divine intervention.
God's people were saved.




"If it had not been the Lord who was on our side...
Then the waters had overwhelmed us,
the stream had gone over our soul:
Then the proud waters had gone over our soul."
(verse 1 & 4-5)


Most people in the area where we live with levees, remember the floods.  It is not just physically having the water overwhelm us as it rose in our home, but feeling desperate as if we were drowning in our very soul.  It just reminds me of the flood of '97 when the road behind us washed away and there was suddenly a current of the river in a new channel running furiously behind our house.  I remember staying up in the middle of the night in the dark with the yellow tape we rigged between our garbage cans to warn people from driving off into the river.  One such person was a young woman on a bicycle who tried to petal around our barrier: she would have been swept away if we had not prevented her from the path she was on.  "If it had not been the Lord..."


"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."
(verse 6-7)

I remember the panic and running all over the house when our canary escaped.  It was a matter of time before our bird dog was also on the chase.  We were finally able to capture the bird in the bathroom shutting the door on the drooling Springer Spaniel.



  We were not so fortunate with our wiener dog who got caught with the pet chicken's feathers in her mouth.  Get it?  Weiner dog, caught with evidence?  Hmm.


When it is all said and done, "Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth."






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