ASCENDING TO THE HOUSE OF GOD
(Our Acknowledgement - Psalm 124)
Pastor Don Fortner
Our Divine Protector
The Lord himself is our Protector. Our enemies would swallow us up like lions do their prey; but our God will never allow it. If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say;If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us:Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:Then the proud waters had gone over our soul (vv. 1-5). Satan is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, but our mighty Savior has conquered him. The old lion has no teeth to devour Gods elect. He does not even have claws to injure us. In fact, he can never even come near to harm us, because he who is the Captain of our Salvation holds him by the chain of omnipotence (Rev. 20:1-2).
All who experience such deliverance, knowing our own weakness, ascribe the praise to Christ alone, with grateful hearts of thanksgiving. Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped (vv. 6-7).
Gods people are like little birds, singing forth his praises because of his goodness to us. Like worthless, insignificant sparrows, weak and unable to resist their foes, we are often fearful and timid at the apprehension of danger; but there is no reason for such fear. The snares laid before us are broken by our God as easily as a snare laid for a bird.
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth (v. 8). This is our confidence and joy. He who has delivered us will yet deliver us. He who is our Creator has power to deliver us. And he who loved us and gave himself for us is our Creator. He will deliver us. Oh, that he may give us grace to trust him, and ever run unto his name as our high tower and refuge (Pro. 18:1).
For All Ages
The Lord was on our side, in the past. "The snare is broken," in the present. "Our help is in the name of the Lord," in all the days yet before us. Let us therefore fear not, though Satan roars against us, or the world assaults us, or our own evil hearts assail us. If God be for us, Who can be against us?
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