The Psalms

Psalm 124

The church blesses God for a miraculous deliverance, 1-8.

1 [A Song of Degrees of David.]

If it had not been the LORD who was on our side—/
now may Israel say—

If it had not been the LORD who was on our side/
when men rose up against us,

Then they would have swallowed us up alive/
when their wrath was kindled against us;

Then the waters would have overwhelmed us,/
the stream would have gone over our soul;

Then the proud waters would have gone over our soul.

Blessed be the LORD/
who has not given us as a prey to their teeth.

Our soul has escaped as a bird out of 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.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 124[➚]


John Calvin's Chapter Summary:

The Church having been providentially delivered from extreme peril, David exhorts true believers to thanksgiving, and teaches them by this memorable example, that their safety depends solely upon the grace and power of God.