Psalm 124

Psalm 124 is a psalm of corporate thanksgiving for an act of God’s deliverance for the faith-community. Evidently God had saved them from some serious calamity, probably some military threat. This is the sort of Psalm that might have articulated the relief and praise following God’s deliverance of Jerusalem from the Assyrian threat in the time of Hezekiah (2 Kings 18-19). When we are besieged by threats with nowhere to escaped to, “our help is in the name of the LORD.” In other words, the psalm declares the trustworthiness of God in the face of every evil design. He is true to his covenant commitment to his people. The greatest snare that God has freed us from, of course, is the snare of sin. He has paid for our guilt in Jesus Christ and has thus opened the door to a life of freedom with him.

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