Reading: Psalm 124
Verses 6 and 8: Praise be to the Lord… Our help is in the name of the Lord.
The psalmist wrestles with an interesting thought today that is good for us to wrestle with from time to time. The idea is “if…”. In the Psalm, he is considering the plight of the nation of Israel ‘if’ the Lord was not with them. The writer realizes that without the Lord they would have been ‘swallowed’, ‘engulfed’, and ‘swept away’. On its own, Israel would have long ago disappeared from the earth and would have existed only in history books just like thousands of other tribes. But God was with them. “Praise be to the Lord”.
When I look back and consider my life, I too have many ‘if’ scenarios. There are times where the hand of the Lord guided me to safety or kept harm from me. There are times when the Lord our God has shown me the path to take or the decision to make and good and blessing have resulted. Many times I have sinned and repented and found forgiveness and have been made new and whole again. It is a good thing to ponder the ‘if…’ – where would I be now without God’s guidance, protection, direction, and forgiveness? These thoughts lead me to where the psalmist went: praise be to the Lord!
God is always active and involved in our world and in our lives. God remains our protector, our defender, our conscious, our guide, our redeemer, our hope, and our love. For the Lord our God we say thanks be to God. “Our help us in the name of the Lord”. Amen and amen!