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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 124:8

Psalm 124:8

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

English Standard Version (ESV)

Tony Evans tells the story of being trapped in a crowded elevator. People were banging on the walls and the doors crying out for help. One calm man in the elevator opened the control panel, picked up the telephone, and waited. Moments later, a voice asked, “Is there a problem?” The man said, “Yes, we’re trapped in the elevator between the third and fourth floors. Can you send help?” Deliverance arrived several minutes later and the elevator was eventually sent back into motion. Reflecting on the incident, Tony said, “We were so into being trapped that we forgot there was a phone link to the security department…All the human effort we put forth, banging and yelling, wouldn’t work, but picking up the phone and asking for help did. We had to seek help using the connection.”

Psalm 124, the fifth psalm in the Songs of Ascent, is a psalm of thanksgiving in which Israel gives thanks to God for delivering them from the hands of an enemy intent on razing them. Although we’re not told the specific circumstances of Israel’s angst, we know that had it not been for their connection to the Father and the divine intervention of the Lord, the enemy would have swallowed them, like the raging waters of a flood. In their outcry, they were delivered by the God who helps, the One “who has not given us as prey to their teeth!” God is a Warrior who fights and defeats the enemies of His people, especially when we attempt to fight the battle in our own strength. He is for us, and since our God is for us, who can be against us?

Christians are engaged in a spiritual battle that is beyond our capability to fight successfully alone. Therefore, we must call upon the One who is our Help and Shield, our only Hope. He equips us with every spiritual weapon to escape and defeat the potent attacks of our enemy. Daily we must put on our armor to thwart Satan’s advance. But we can rejoice, knowing that we don’t engage him alone. With the Lord at our side, we march onward with strength and courage for the battle, and we will not be defeated!

Further Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20; Obadiah 1-21

Pray with me:

Lord, I call upon You today, You who are worthy to be praised. Because my trust is in You, I shall be saved from my enemies. Let the God of my salvation be exalted! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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