if the Lord had not been on our side…

I went away for the weekend with a handful of good friends. It was good for my soul, and I came home this afternoon much refreshed. On Friday night we had a little Bible study time. We read Psalm 124 and then rewrote it from our own perspective. Thought I’d share.

Psalm 124 (the original):

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 when people rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us; then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us; then over us would have gone the raging waters.

Blessed be the LORD who has not given us as prey to their teeth! We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped! Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 124 (by Marla):

If God hadn’t been with us and for us the last three years, holy cow. Let the Tavianos now say: if God hadn’t been with us and for us the last three years, with Gabe’s heart attack and Cambodia and the anxiety and panic attacks and depression and hospital bills and job loss and financial crisis and anger and bitterness and confusion, then we would have been swallowed up alive.

I would have taken the girls and run. Gabe would’ve taken his own life. Utter and complete devastation and destruction. Hell on earth.

Blessed be the Lord for sustaining us in our darkest hour, for sending friends and family to lift us up and pray for us and pay our bills. Somehow, someway, miracle of miracles, we have made it across to the other side.

Our help is in the name of the Lord who created us and saved our souls and saved us again and keeps saving us every day. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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