Tag Archive | enemies

Psalm 124

If the Lord had not been on our side when men attacked us, their anger flared against us, they would have swallowed us alive.

The flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away.

Praise be to the Lord who has not let us be torn by their teeth.  We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare.  The snare has been broken and we have escaped.

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

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If Yahweh had not been on my side…

My, the list is long.  If Yahweh had not been on my side, I would have been struck and killed by a car in kindergarten.  (I wonder how many other close calls there have been in my life that I’m not even aware of.)  If Yahweh had not been on my side, I would not have survived divorce and its aftermath.  If Yahweh had not been on my side, I would not have experienced the emotional healing I have, I would not be where I am, have what I have, or be doing what I’m doing.  Most important of all, if Yahweh had not been on my side, I would be spending eternity in hell instead of in heaven.

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Psalm 118

Give thanks to the Lord – He is good.
His love endures forever.
No matter what I do or how long I stay away, God still loves me.

In anguish? Cry out to God. He will answer by setting me free from that anguish. God is with me. There is no reason to be afraid. Man can’t hurt me if God is with me because man can’t hurt God. When God is with me, we become one. God is with me, He is my helper. I will overcome all my enemies and live triumphantly.

It is better to take refuge in God than to trust in man or rulers. It is better to seek protection, comfort and help from God rather than from man.

Enemies of all kinds surround me on every side, but in the name of the Lord, I can cut them off. Enemies of separation from God, enemies of fear, enemies of lack of trust. When God is with me, we become one refuge that enemies can’t enter or attack. God helps – He becomes strength, song and salvation – all I need to overcome the enemies. Salvation conquers separation; strength and song conquer anguish, fear and lack of trust.

When God and I conquer all my enemies, my heart will resound with shouts of joy and victory, giving credit to God and God’s right hand (which can be me if I obey).

I will not die. I will live and tell others what God has done. God has punished me, but not to the death.

Open the gates of righteousness, where God’s people dwell. I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. I give thanks because You answered my cry of anguish and saved me.

Jesus was rejected by the people, but God has made Him the key of salvation. God has done this and to us, it is the most wonderful thing. God has made and given us this day. I will rejoice and be glad in it. It is a chance to know God’s love, to be set free, to conquer fear, to triumph over enemies, to know His refuge, to know His strength, song and salvation, to experience victory and joy, to proclaim what God has done, has done with His mighty right hand, to experience His punishment, to give thanks.

O Lord, save me, grant me success. Help me to go out in Your name. Bless me. You are God. You have made Your light shine on me. Celebrate!

You are my God, I will give You thanks.
You are my God, I will exalt You.

Give thanks to the lord – He is good.
His love endures forever.

Psalm 97

God reigns – like a king.  The whole earth is glad – the farthest shores rejoice.

Clouds and darkness are around God – it makes Him hard to see.  Righteousness and justice hold and support His throne.  Fire goes before God and consumes all enemies everywhere.  God’s lightning lights up the whole world and makes the earth tremble.  Mountains melt like wax (volcanos).  The heavens (the clouds and darkness lit up by the lightning) proclaim God’s righteousness (point to the foundation of His throne).  All peoples see the glory and perfection of God. 

Those who worship idols are put to shame – the idols worship God.

The people are glad because of God’s judgments.  God is Most High – over all the earth, over all other gods.

If you love God, then hate evil.  God guards the lives of His faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.  Light and joy are ours.

Rejoice in the lord.

Praise His name.

Psalm 80

God is our shepherd. Hear Your sheep.
Awaken and save us, restore us.
Make Your face shine upon us in joy and pride.

The people have eaten and drank tears, they have suffered and mourned so. Their neighbors fight about them, their enemies mock.
Israel is like a vine out of Egypt that has blossomed and grown. But now the vine is in trouble – under attack.
Return Your favor to the king, to each man.

Restore us O Lord God Almighty;
Make Your face shine upon us,
That we may be saved.