Ps 124: Maybe Not Kept but Surely Not Abandoned

Psalm 24 is a song for the whole congregation to sing to­gether — “If God had not been on our side” The Psalmist even says it twice to get our attention — “Hey! Can I get a witness! – If God had not been on our side…” we would have been swal­lowed by the sea monster or drowned in the freak flash flood…

First, notice the plural “our side.” You are not alone; we are in this together. Your sea monster is ours; your flood is ours. We are a family, a church family, and we are all in this boat together.

Second, God never said being a Christian meant you were kept from calamity. You will see damage in your life. You will be surrounded at times by destruction. We are not kept from it… but we are surely never abandoned. “If God had not been on our side…” Do not ask “why does this happen to me?” Rather ask, “how can a person of faith sing after that?” Because no matter what happens we have the hope that nothing separates us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38).


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