“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,” Let Israel now say—“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, . . .” (Psalm 124:1&2, NKJV)
The Psalmist in this psalm takes a retrospective look back over Israel’s history and where the nation would have been had it not been for God’s blessings and protection. He begins the Psalm with “If it had not been for the Lord . . .” to get Israel to see what would have happened if God had not loved and cared for them.
Every now and then we too should take a few minutes to look back over our lives and ponder this same statement, “If it had not been for the Lord. . .” You see, too often we are so focused on what we want, what we want to do, the hindrances, our needs and our wants, until we forget to just thank God for what He has already done and what He has kept us from.
1. Where would you be if God had not intervened in your situation?
2. What would have happened had God not made a way when you could not find a way?
3. How often have you been at your very last and God, “somehow” made a way for you and your family?
The fact is, all of us have something to thank the Lord for. Today, bless and encourage yourself. Take a few minutes, look back over your life as you reflect upon the statement of the Psalmist, and ask yourself the question, IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR THE LORD?