If God hadn't been for us - all together now, Israel, sing out! - If God hadn't been for us when everyone went against us, We would have been swallowed alive by their violent anger, Swept away by the flood of rage, drowned in the torrent; We would have lost our lives in the wild, raging water. Oh, blessed be God! He didn't go off and leave us. He didn't abandon us defenseless, helpless as a rabbit in a pack of snarling dogs. We've flown free from their fangs, free of their traps, free as a bird. Their grip is broken; we're free as a bird in flight. God's strong name is our help, the same God who made heaven and earth.
- Psalm 124 MSGv
Have you ever felt like you’re drowning?
Drowning in sorrow,
That no amount of effort was making a difference?
Sometimes people or situations in our lives come at us like a raging flood and we find ourselves treading water.
What do we pray when we feel overwhelmed and too weak to swim upstream, against the current of doubt, flesh, and lies? We want to finish this race for His glory but we are not always so sure that we can go another mile.
This flood doesn’t make us just timid, it’s gotten us tired.
But prayers give us that much needed second wind. A second wind is defined as not only having the ability to breath again after running out of breath but receiving a new surge of strength and energy.
Psalm 124 is our second wind.
- In quietness, sit and highlight the words that stand out to you most. Why do you think these words stand out to you so much?
Like a child being tossed to and fro from the mighty waves, we try our best to hold onto God’s mighty hand. The waves seem too strong, our ability to hold onto God is weakened by the constant beating of the waves. But the strong hand of God is stronger than our ability to hold on. We are reminded that every wave we face today will not break us nor move us not because of our strength but because God’s hold on us is stronger than the waves. He has held unto us, and have not moved away from us. Therefore, we will not be shaken. We can and will face another wave of trials, temptations, hardships… but first, we proclaim the truth; “He didn't abandon us defenseless”. Amen.
- What has God saved you from that you know could’ve “swallowed you alive”?
- Remember and thank Him now.
"We would have been swallowed alive by their violent anger, Swept away by the flood of rage, drowned in the torrent; We would have lost our lives in the wild, raging water." - v3-5
Q | Self:
- What is making you feel like you’re being swallowed alive today?
- What in your life makes you feel like you’re being swept away?
- What’s drowning you?
Name the raging waters in your life and ask God for help and to be with you during this new surge offenses. Name them, then say, “God help me with this problem.”
Q | Friends and Family:
- Who do you know that is drowning… in sickness, hurt, bitterness, pain, loneliness, etc?
Name the flood of rage, identify them, then say, “God help so and so with this problem.” Intercede for them.
But we can’t stop here. We have to pray not only for ourselves, not only for our friends and family, but we have to pray for our neighbors, both near and far.
Especially for those who are experiencing an extreme flood of pain and suffering.
There are people in the world that feel “helpless as a rabbit in a pack of snarling dogs.” There are people who are not free from their fangs, still trapped in pain, injustice, war. Scripture teaches us to, Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Psalm 6 can help us rejoice with those who are rejoicing and to mourn with those who are mourning.
Have you ever watched the news and felt like a wave of evil, injustice, come at you? You want to help, you want to do something, but you feel helpless. And feeling helpless we often change the channel, turn our radios off, and silence the inarticulate prayers bubbling up inside us.
We feel uncomfortable watching their discomfort, we are left feeling hopeless. Psalm 6 challenges us to pray with hope, not only for ourselves, but for those in our lives and in our world that are suffering. We must act, but we often forget that for the Christian, the first and most proper action to take is the act of prayer. This is the act that will fuel and sustain all acts of love in the long run. With that said, I’d like for us to pray this adapted version of Psalm 6 for the hurting in our world and go into a time of intercession for them.
“Lord have mercy on those that are suffering and hurting in our world. Have mercy for they are faint, they are in need of rescue, in need of healing, for their bones are in agony. Their soul is in deep anguish.
How long, Lord, how long?
How long until they sing this song with us?
How long until they can declare Psalm 124 with us?
Turn Lord, and deliver them, save them because of your unfailing love. What glory would you receive if they simply perish? They are worn out from their groaning, all night long they flood their beds with weeping, their couches are soaked in tears. Their eyes grow weak with sorrow. Chase the evil away for you hear their weeping and have heard their cry for mercy. Lord, I know you hear, I know you’ve accepted their plea. May their enemies be overwhelmed with shame and anguish, may their enemies turn back and leave in shame. Lord have mercy.” - (My prayer based on Psalm 6 NIV)
What issues in this broken world breaks your heart, is it the Syria issue? Is it the mistreatment of our African American brothers and sisters, it is the enslavement of women around the world and in our backyard, is it the flood of corporate corruption and the lack of justice? Who does God bring to mind when you think of folks drowning in this world, pray this prayer for them. Use Psalm 6 to pray for them.
Let’s pray that the hurting in our world will be able to sing this Psalm 124 as well. That it is not enough that we can sing this with confidence, we need to pray this on behalf of those that can’t sing this in confidence yet.