The Psalms of David in Metre

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Psalm 124

This psalm is highly applicable to every remarkable deliverance which God works for his church, especially to the great redemption wrought for his people by Christ. In it, (1.) David magnifies the danger they were in, ver. 1-5. (2.) Ascribes the glory of their deliverance to God, ver. 1-2, 6-7. (3.) Improves the deliverance as an encouragement to trust in God, ver. 8.

Let me behold Jehovah as a present help in trouble. Let my waiting eyes be towards him, who, notwithstanding all the combined power and policy of hell and earth, is able and ready to pull my feet out of the net.

 1 Had not the Lord been on our side,
may Israel now say;
2 Had not the Lord been on our side,
when men rose us to slay;

3 They had us swallowed quick, when as
their wrath ‘gainst us did flame:
4 Waters had covered us, our soul
had sunk beneath the stream.

5 Then had the waters, swelling high,
over our soul made way.
6 Blessed be the Lord, who to their teeth
us gave not for a prey.

7 Our soul’s escapèd, as a bird
out of the fowler’s snare;
The snare asunder broken is,
and we escapèd are.

8 Our sure and all-sufficient help
is in Jehovah’s name;
His name who did the heav’n create,
and who the earth did frame.