August 2, 2017


Psalm 124

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Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

  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 people rose up against us,
  then they would have swallowed us up alive,
    when their anger was kindled against us;
  then the flood would have swept us away,
    the torrent would have gone over us;
  then over us would have gone
    the raging waters.
  Blessed be the LORD,
    who has not given us
    as prey to their teeth!
  We have escaped like 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.


Key Verse | Psalm 124:8

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
(Psalm 124:8)  

Central Truth

The Lord saves! He’s shown His power to protect and save His people throughout Israel’s history, and He’s still saving and protecting His people today.


Devotional | Psalm 124

We recently looked at Psalm 121.There, we read an offering of thanks and praise to the Lord for His vigilance and protection.Here, in Psalm 124, we see this concept of God’s protection revisited with vivid imagery...

We recently looked at Psalm 121. There, we read an offering of thanks and praise to the Lord for His vigilance and protection. Here, in Psalm 124, we see this concept of God’s protection revisited with vivid imagery describing both the danger and God’s deliverance. Common to both of these two psalms is the central truth for today: The Lord saves! He saved the Israelites then and wants to save us now. How do we know this? A few centuries after the writing of this psalm, God will send His Son Jesus Christ down from heaven. Jesus will live human history’s only sinless life; yet, He will be accused of crimes punishable by death, and He will be brutally and publicly executed. But this same Jesus, dead and buried, will arise! He will walk out of the tomb three days later and be seen by hundreds of witnesses who will attest to His resurrection. 

The Bible tells us that these events are the means by which we, too, can be saved from the most potent danger of all: eternal separation from God. The Apostle Paul writes, “[F]or all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We all are sinners, but there is hope! Paul continues, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus! God saves again! He offers this salvation to any who believe in Jesus as the resurrected Son of God. As Jesus Himself says in the familiar John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” 

In Psalm 124, we read of this God of protection acting powerfully to save His people in Israel. God’s saving power is still our protection today, not just from enemy attacks, raging waters, or sharp teeth, but from eternal death! Truly, our help is in the name of the Lord!

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Bio | Jason Reed

Good morning, everybody! My name is Jason, and I'm coming up on one year of marriage to my far-better half Connie. There are all kinds of biographical tidbits I could share. I grew up in Houston (Go Rockets, Go Texans, and Go Astros!), graduated from Abilene Christian University, have the names of all the United States Presidents memorized . . . but none of these things matter as much as this one: I am a child of God, fearfully and wonderfully made, for whom Christ died. (Psst . . . so are you!)

Discussion Questions

1. Psalm 124:2-6 speaks of the threats from which God protected His people. From what threats do you need the Lord's protection?

2. Psalm 124:7 uses the image of a bird escaping from a snare to describe the liberation the psalmist feels at having been delivered by the Lord's hand. Whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, from what harm or danger has the Lord liberated you?

3. Do you feel like it is up to you to protect and defend yourself when you are under attack? What might it mean to trust the Lord to be your protector and Savior? 

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