The psalm, this particular time, is attributed to David. It is a song reflecting on just how much the Lord has done for his people. The verses cry out–“But For God…” But for God, Israel would have been defeated, destroyed and swallowed up into obscurity. There would have been no legacy, no Savior and no redemption. But for God, there would have been no hope, no guidance, no nation. It was as if David was looking out of his palace and watching a sunset. There, in the peace of the twilight, he realized the heights, the depths the miracles and the focused attention of almighty God to bring Israel to its place of prominence.
As we look at our lives, we too could sing–But for God. We would be lost, without hope, without purpose and without eternal life. We would literally have nothing. Like King David, we can see–that it is God that has made our existence a life of meaning and purpose. He has shown us the power of prayer, the joy of worship and the legacy of love that only a father, Abba father, could share with his children. There are no valley’s so deep, that God cannot walk through them with us. There are no heights so high that God cannot bring us to them.
We are blessed beyond measure, and like King David, we know that–but for God, we would not have a chance or a legacy!
God Bless You
If the Lord had not been on our side—
let Israel say—
2 if the Lord had not been on our side
when people attacked us,
3 they would have swallowed us alive
when their anger flared against us;
4 the flood would have engulfed us,
the torrent would have swept over us,
5 the raging waters
would have swept us away.
6 Praise be to the Lord,
who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird
from the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.