This is the 5th psalm of the fifteen Song of Ascents psalms
1 If the LORD had not been on our side let Israel say
2 if the LORD had not been on our side when men attacked us,
3 when their anger flared against us, they would have swallowed us alive;
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 out of 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.
As I read this Psalm, I reflect back to one of the darkest moments of my life. It was at this time in my life I had to make some major decisions. One of those decisions lead to the creation of the website my5dailypsalms. Having been in a Christian environment all my life some of the greatest truths of the scripture escape me. One of these truths is how much the Word speaks to the individual who daily studies the scriptures.
In this 5th psalm of the Song of Ascents the psalmist focuses on the phase “if the Lord had not been on our side”. This psalm does not focus on victory, but on protection and the deliverance from evil. It was in my darkest moment that I realized that I had been fighting for the things in life that I desired and not the close relationship to God that He desires for my life. As I reflect upon this Psalm, I realize how important the Bible as well as the great songs of the faith have been in my life.
One of the greatest joys I had at church in my youth was the music and the lyrics of these songs. One of these songs Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus written by Helen Lemmel reflects how our Christian walk should be like in this world:
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you, see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!
His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
The closer the relationship we have with God the farther the desires of the world will be in our life; however, the closer the relationship we have with the things of this earth the farther our relationship becomes with God. So, as we stay in His Word and reflect upon the great hymns of the faith, we will realize that the things of this world will grow strangely dim as we grow in our relationship with Him.