Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 103; Psalms 108 through 110; Psalms 122, 124
Do you ever play the “what-if” game?
What if I would have…
- been born at a different time
- lived in a different country
- had a different set of parents
- married a different person
- been smarter, thinner, darker, lighter, etc…
King David played the what-if game too:
1 What if the Lord had not been on our side?
Let all Israel repeat:
2 What if the Lord had not been on our side
when people attacked us?
3 They would have swallowed us alive
in their burning anger.
4 The waters would have engulfed us;
a torrent would have overwhelmed us.
5 Yes, the raging waters of their fury
would have overwhelmed our very lives.
6 Praise the Lord,
who did not let their teeth tear us apart!
7 We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap.
The trap is broken, and we are free!
8 Our help is from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
I can just see King David looking out over Jerusalem at sunset, rubbing his chin and saying these words and then pausing for a long time to think about what it would be like and then saying the words again.
What if the Lord had not been on your side?
Where would you be?
I’m serious when I say this, if the Lord had not been on my side I believe I would be in the mental health unit of some hospital or dead. I’m not trying to be a drama queen, but I cannot put into words the peace that Jesus Christ has brought into my life…peace in the midst of life’s storms.
I often wonder how people who don’t believe in Jesus cope with the day-to-day challenges of life. Who do they turn to in the middle of the night when they’re scared to death? Where do they go when life just doesn’t make sense?
These are tough times that we live in. It’s really easy to ask questions like:
- I lose my job
- I lose my house
- I get cancer
- I lose my religious freedom
The list could go on and on—
As Christians we will always have a choice…
We can live in constant fear
Or we can say with David…
Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
Amen and Amen!
©2012, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 131, 133; Psalms 138 through 141; Psalm 143