“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,” Let Israel now say-“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, When men rose up against us, Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their wrath was kindled against us; Then the swollen waters would have overwhelmed us, The stream would have gone over our soul; Then the waters would have gone over our soul.”
Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us as prey to their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; The snare is broken, and we have escaped.
Our help is the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; The snare is broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 124 NKJV
Like many of the Psalms this is a song. The Children of Israel sang in thanksgiving to the Lord, The Deliverer and Savior of His people!
When I first met my wife I sang “I only have eyes for you” to her. If you have known me for very long you might find that hard to believe. I had a heart of stone. I was very stoic. I could not express my feelings. All of that changed when I fell in love.
Jesus does not just want us to love Him. He wants us to be in love with Him!
It is very easy to be critical of the Israelites!
God chose them from among all the nations of the world. He caused them to grow and prosper during a time of great famine. The Lord allowed them to suffer so they would call out to Him. At just the right time God delivered Israel from bondage and abuse.
The Israelites celebrated their deliverance. They praised God and sang songs to Him.
When life was not fun and easy, when the food God provided was not to their liking Israel grumbled and complained. They were chastised and punished until they repented and turned their hearts back to God. The cycle was repeated many times.
How many of us get caught up into cycles of praise and grumbling?
It’s been forty years since I met my wife. We’ve had seasons of trial and hardship. I’ve turned my heart away and back to her many times. I choose to love her and be thankful for her. My feelings and emotions do not dictate my choices. My feelings and emotions follow my choices!
You can choose to be thankful today. You can love Jesus regardless of your feelings and emotions. Almighty God will honor your choices. The feelings and emotions will follow!
Jesus disarmed the enemy of your soul. He did that for you because He loves you!
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