April 10, 2014
If the Lord had not been with us – O, let Israel now say;
If the Lord had not been with us, when we were amidst the fray.
When attackers in their anger would have put us in the grave;
Torrents would have there engulfed us; Raging floods swept us away.
Blessed be the Lord who would not let us be torn from His care;
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;
Our help’s in the Name of Yahweh, Maker of the heav’n and earth.
CONSIDER THIS. . .
“If the Lord had not been with us. . .”
Do you remember Abraham? Do you remember Moses? Do you remember the Red Sea? Do you remember Miriam? Do you remember Jericho? Do you remember Gideon? Do you remember Ruth? Do you remember Goliath? Do you remember Rahab? Do you remember Hezekiah? Do you remember Josiah? Do you remember Nehemiah? Do you remember Jeremiah? Do you remember Isaiah? Do you remember Jonah? Do you remember Daniel? Do you remember Elijah? Do you remember 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 #130 sits near the top of their most frequently played 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. These are the stories that are the substance of the Psalms. They are 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. It is not enough to “know” these stories. We must remember them, actively, all the time. These are our stories. These stories 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 with our own.
So how about you? What are your “If the Lord had not been with us. . . ” songs? You life is writing a song you know. This makes for a great chorus to your verses.
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