“If It Had Not Been the Lord…”
Psalm 124 begins by saying, “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side.” Have you ever wondered what your life might be like “If it had not been for the LORD on your side?” I know I have. First of all, my soul would be doomed and forever lost. But, thanks be unto our LORD JESUS CHRIST, my soul has been redeemed. Second, if it wasn’t for the LORD on my side I would not know Peace. Only our LORD can grant us peace in the midst of a very chaotic world where tribulations and daily trials exists. Third, I would not know Agape Love if it was not for my LORD being on my side. God is Love and those who come to Him know Him through Love and are granted an Agape Love for the brethren as it is taught in the book of I John. To know God is to know unselfish Love.
In addition to knowing the LORD is on my side in these areas, I am also very thankful and grateful to know my LORD as my Great Protector. Israel depended upon the LORD to protect them against their enemies. They knew that without the LORD’s protection they could be easily “given over as prey” and devoured from the earth. That’s the same way it is with Christians today. Without the LORD’s protection, we can easily become “prey” through other people’s verbal assaults, gossip, and emotional abuse.
Sadly, there are people in this world who are filled with hate, malice, anger, and condemnation for those around them. These people persecute rather than offer comfort. They boldly attack people with their harsh and angry words and unwillingness to demonstrate God’s love and forgiveness. They would rather keep a spirit of conflict and adversity thriving rather than promote a spirit of peace and unity. But, this is not what God wants for His people. And, this is one of the many reasons why I am thankful that the Lord is on my side.
Israel had enemies in the Old Testament Bible days and they still have enemies today. As a Christian, you can expect to have enemies all of your life as well. The world did not accept Jesus and they will not accept His followers. Psalms 124:7-8 says, “Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Yes; our help comes in the Name of the Lord!
Today, you may be facing an unexpected enemy in your own life; someone or a group of many who relentlessly provoke injustices towards you no matter how hard you have tried to reconcile their indifferences. In the name of Christ Jesus our LORD give them over unto HIM and let Him be your Protector against their wicked schemes, verbal assaults, and emotional persecutions. Then, you can say like Israel did, “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side….” ONLY the LORD can deliver us from our enemies…
Oh, such sweet, blessed Peace to have the LORD on our side. Oh, my friend, today, put your Trust in the LORD; our Heavenly Father, in the blessed name of Jesus. Let the LORD be your Protector in ALL things and areas of your life. As the Bible teaches, “If GOD be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Then, you, too, can testify, “If it had not been the LORD who was on my side…” Amen.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author