Thanking Him For Victory

John Newton who ran away to sea, and then to Africa, was sold at last to a negress. He sank so low that he lived only on crumbs from her table and on wild yams dug at night. His clothing was reduced to a single shirt which he washed in the ocean. When he finally escaped, he went … More


This Psalm is basically a hymn praising God for deliverance from the enemies. It was recited or sung as the people went up to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts. A comparison is made with evil men who try to “swallow” us as water swallowing a man. The flood of opposition would have swallowed the Israelites like the waters of the Red Sea (over Pharoah’s army) had it not been the Lord was on their side. David compared this to a bird escaping the trap set by a person who catches birds. The good news is the trap did not work and the intended victims escaped. Even though this life may be characterized by hardships, persecutions and narrow escapes God is aware of what is happening and is very much in control.

Because the Lord is on our side we can escape being conquered by our enemies:

  1. The Lord makes the difference in any battle (vv. 1-2).
  2. The intent of the enemies is to devour us (vv. 3-5).
  3. Escape comes from the Lord (vv. 6-8).


With God there is always a way out because He is the creator of all that exists. I will never have a problem that is too hard for Him to solve or circumstances that He can not provide a solution.

Psalms 124:1-8 (English Standard Version)

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.

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