All deliverance is freely given by the hand of God. To
Him let grateful blessings ever be ascribed.
1-5. "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 quick, 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."
Many are the adversaries of God's children. They are
headed by the arch-enemy, the devil. He is depicted as a lion for strength,
a serpent for subtlety, a dragon for fierceness. He is aided by followers
who are a legion for multitude. Tender feeling is a stranger to such foes.
Like the waters of an overwhelming flood, they would work utter desolation.
Their malice must succeed, if One mightier than the strong one interposed
not. But the Lord is ever near to support His people. Vain is all hostility.
His aid is perfect victory.
6. "Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as a
prey to their teeth."
The soul is represented as a defenseless lamb trembling
in the fangs of a ravenous beast, ready to mangle, eager to devour. But
rescue intervenes. So our Heavenly Father delivers from the teeth of the
devouring lion. Let grateful thanks be devoutly given.
7. "Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of
the fowlers; the snare has broken, and we have escaped."
Another image represents the soul entangled in the
fowler's net. A kind hand brings escape. When the case seems to be hopeless,
mercy gives freedom. Again let praises shout aloud.
8. "Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made
heaven and earth."
Surely we must perish if earth only rendered aid. But the
great Creator who sits on the throne of omnipotence puts forth His might in
our defense. This power is an impregnable fortress of defense. Let us thank
Him, bless Him, and adore.