Psalms on the Journey
Sometimes, we just have to stop and give God praise for all the ways He brought us through bumps and turns in our journey. Remember the time when God _______________? You can fill in this blank many times if you pause life long enough to allow your mind to flashback to life altering, sometimes miraculous, moments on your own journey when God intervened and redirected your life. Remember the times He worked you through your own missteps and mistakes and helped you turn life around for the good of all, making something beautiful from a mess.
This next psalm bring a smile to my face as I picture the worship leader encouraging the crowd to sing out praises of thanksgiving to God who has always been for us! Where would we be without Him, he seems to shout. This song of David causes flashbacks of thanks for God’s people. As we read, let’s take all the time we need to realize what all God has brought us through, protected us from and taught us all along our own journey. Then we will understand the passion in our psalm leader’s voice when he says, “all together now, Israel, sing out!”
Psalm 124, The Message
A Pilgrim Song of David
1-5 If God hadn’t been for us
—all together now, Israel, sing out!—
If God hadn’t been for us
when everyone went against us,
We would have been swallowed alive
by their violent anger,
Swept away by the flood of rage,
drowned in the torrent;
We would have lost our lives
in the wild, raging water.
6 Oh, blessed be God!
He didn’t go off and leave us.
He didn’t abandon us defenseless,
helpless as a rabbit in a pack of snarling dogs.
7 We’ve flown free from their fangs,
free of their traps, free as a bird.
Their grip is broken;
we’re free as a bird in flight.
8 God’s strong name is our help,
the same God who made heaven and earth.
Think about it…
What would we do without God? Yikes, let’s not go there! God’s strong name IS our help, the same God who made heaven and earth. What power and majesty and creativity! Our God who never sleeps and is always at work for us, in us and through us because He loves us. There is NO ONE like our God!
Lord, thank you. Just thank you!
In Jesus Name, Amen