Psalm 124: God is on Our Side (Creative Commons) (Creative Commons)

Life is hard and often we wonder where’s God. Are we left alone in our suffering and sorrow and joy and everything in between?

Psalm 124 is a path of hope. Nothing holds the staunch skeptic, atheist, and agnostic to the fire like the Psalms. John Calvin called them the “anatomy of the soul” because it represents every human experience and emotion in these prayers and songs.

The Psalms put to bed a cheap-grace Christianity filled with religious and moral cliches. The Psalms put guts and grit and reality on the human experience. No fill-in-the-blank faith and Five Steps to a Better You. The Psalms resonate with every human and any situation.

Psalm 124 doesn’t hold back any punches. Life is hard, suffering is real, but God is for us, God is on our side. Christianity is not a crutch for weak-willed people trying to navigate the painful world. Biblical faith is not escapism and pretending everything is okay when it’s not.

Christianity and biblical faith is rooted in reality. People are bad, evil is alive and well, life is hard, and God is with us. God is making all things new. God is on our side in the midst of the pain…

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side—

let Israel now say—

2 if it had not been the Lord who was on our side

when people rose up against us,

3 then they would have swallowed us up alive,

when their anger was kindled against us;

4 then the flood would have swept us away,

the torrent would have gone over us;

5 then over us would have gone

the raging waters.

6 Blessed be the Lord,

who has not given us

as prey to their teeth!

7 We have escaped like a bird

from the snare of the fowlers;

the snare is broken,

and we have escaped!

8 Our help is in the name of the Lord,

who made heaven and earth. -Psalm 124

The waters are rising, the levy is breaking, but our God is on our side… we need to do one thing, cry for help!

“Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

We cry out because the God who sustains every molecule today, every star set in place, weather patterns, flow of history, and our beating hearts is with us…

The Lord of heaven and earth and Maker of all things, also cares about us. Oh, how easy it is to forget.