Here’s a Great Idea for the Chorus to the Song Your Life Is Writing



March 24, 2021

Psalm 124

To the tune of “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” 87.87 D Sing it at

1 If the Lord had not been with us—
O, let Israel now say;
2 If the Lord had not been with us,
when we were amidst the fray.
3 When attackers in their anger
would have put us in the grave;
4 Torrents would have there engulfed us;
5 raging floods swept us away.

6 Blessed be the Lord who has not
let us be torn from His care;
7 Like a bird, we have escaped from
out the angry fowler’s snare.
For the snare has now been broken;
we’ve escaped as like new birth;
8 Our help’s in the name of Yahweh,
Maker of the heav’n and earth.


“If the Lord had not been with us . . .”

Do you remember Abraham? Or Moses? Or the Red Sea? Do you remember Miriam? Or Jericho? How about Gideon? Or Ruth? Or Goliath? Do you remember Rahab? Do you remember Hezekiah? How about Josiah? Do you remember Nehemiah? Or Jeremiah? What about Isaiah? Jonah? Daniel? Do you remember Elijah? How about Mary? Do you remember Peter? Do you remember Paul?

These men and women, these stories, all have one thing in common. To a person, Song 124 sits near the top of their most frequent playlist.

The following words could well preface just about anything they would be apt to talk about: “If the Lord had not been with us . . .”

So do you remember these stories? These are just a few of the stories that matter. They are the stories that are the substance of the Psalms, the stories behind the soundtrack. These are the stories to impress on our hearts and to teach to our children and to talk about when we get up and when we lie down and when we walk along the road (see Deuteronomy 6:7; 11:19). It is not enough to know these stories. We must remember them, actively, all the time. These are our stories. They keep our faith centered in God rather than in our own determination and drive.

As we remember these “If the Lord had not been with us . . .” stories, we will begin to add to them our own.

So how about you? What are your “If the Lord had not been with us . . .” songs? Your life is writing a song, you know. This makes for a great chorus to your verses.

We have a great melody for this one ready for you. Does Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” ring a bell?

Ask Yourself. Share with Another.

Have you begun to collect your own album of “If the Lord had not been with us . . .” stories? Think of one now. Now do an Internet search for “Here I Raise My Ebenezer” to learn more.

For the Awakening,
J.D. Walt


Farmer. Poet. Theologian. Jurist. Publisher. Seedbed's Sower-in-Chief.