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Had It Not Been the LORD

June 9, 2018


Had It Not Been the LORD

There are times  when we just barely make it through  an intimidating  and scary situation.     It was an escape  “by the skin of our teeth” — and when we think  about our narrow escape,  it about takes our breath away.     We realize our escape was due  to a power  far beyond  our control.

King David was  in many such embattled situations.     There were often times  when his capture and possible death  at the hands  of the enemy  were imminent.     For each time  that he escaped,  David fully realized  that escape was not totally due  to his prowess  and expertise  as a soldier.     Only God Almighty  could have possibly rescued him,  because human help  was not there.

When such things happen to us,  it is only right  that we praise  and honor the LORD,  just as David did.     We need  to give credit  where credit is due.     And so,  on one occasion  David wrote Psalm 124 as a  “Thank You”  from the depths  of his grateful heart.     Let us thank God  for our escapes  as we read David’s praise  in Psalm 124.

Had it not been the LORD  who was on our side,”   
Let Israel now say,    
Had it not been the LORD  who was on our side,   
When men rose up  against us;   
Then  they would have swallowed us  alive,   
When their anger was kindled  against us;   
Then  the waters  would have engulfed us,   
The stream  would have swept  over our soul;   
Then the raging waters  would have swept  over our soul.”     

Blessed be the LORD,   
Who has not given us  to be torn  by their teeth.   
Our soul  has escaped  as a bird  out of the snare  of the trapper;   
The snare is broken  and we have escaped.   
Our help is  in the name  of the LORD,   
Who made heaven  and earth.

In all this,  it is important to note  how David always trusted  in the LORD.     He always depended  on the Lord  for all of his needs.     And,  David was in the habit  of giving thanks  where thanks is due.

We need  to remember  where our blessings  and escapes  come from — and give thanks  to the LORD God Almighty  for His gracious  and faithful love.     There is no other salvation.

As we think  of our blessings  and give thanks,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for taking care  of our needs  and teaching us  to put our faith  in You.     Only You  can help us  through this world  of trials and tribulations.     All glory is  to Your holy name.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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