Song of Ascent: Fifth Step

Israeli Defense Force soldiers take a break just west of the Temple Mount, Jerusalem. 1988. (C) Wil Robinson

A Song of Ascents. Of David.
Psalm 124

1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side—
let Israel now say—
2 if it had not been the LORD who was on our side
when people rose up against us,
3 then they would have swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;
4 then the flood would have swept us away,
the torrent would have gone over us;
5 then over us would have gone
the raging waters.

6 Blessed be the LORD,
who has not given us
as prey to their teeth!
7 We have escaped like a bird
from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped!

8 Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 124. In previous steps the ascending Levites have cried out for help, for mercy, for deliverance, as well as in praise. Here the Levites on the fifth step of ascent encourage all to exclaim confidently that our L-RD is for us; He is not against us despite the trials we may seen as we trod our paths.

“Besides applying this to any particular deliverance wrought in our days and the ancient times, we should have in our thoughts the great work of redemption by Jesus Christ, by which believers were rescued from Satan.” Matthew Henry.


L-RD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .


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