05 Dec 2018
He Walks Alongside Us
Psalm 124 is described as “a Song of Ascents”, the kind shared between pilgrims as they walked up to the temple in Jerusalem for a time of feasting and offerings. It was written by David, who saw in his mind a magnificent temple that would one day be built by his son Solomon to replace the tabernacle. Following David’s death, the words of this psalm linked him in a special way with those who came to worship.
Without God on our side we will not overcome the problems and disasters of life, or escape the evil powers that assail us. However, with God by our side no enemy or situation can ultimately defeat us. In Romans 8:31, Paul says: “…If God is for us, who can be against us?” God gives us the victory in a miraculous way, even when we are facing apparently overwhelming circumstances.
Look at the picture of danger and the route of escape we see in Psalm 124:3-8 (NIV):
“They would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us; the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away. Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth. We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare… Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
Only a God of sovereign and universal power could have done all these things, and this same God walks alongside us throughout our lives. In Psalm 131:2-3, David says:
“Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul… O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever.”
Pause and reflect: “Father, we thank You that Jesus will walk with us even into eternity. Amen.”