If God is For Us, Who can be Against Us
David starts out Psalm 124 with reflection: “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side…” Wow! Have you ever been in a situation where you knew that God was on your side?
The Overwhelming Sense of God’s Intervention
There was something about seeing your circumstances changed despite your best efforts to ruin it. It is that overwhelming sense that it had to be God, stepping in and doing something that only He could do.
When we look at David’s life, we find a similar sentiment. For David, it was that feeling of forgiveness. It was that pain of seeing his newborn son die and feeling that reassurance that the baby was with God. The weight of his own mistakes and their consequences could have crushed him, but he found solace in the knowledge that God’s love and mercy were greater.
God’s Love Despite Our Failures
It was knowing that his own sexual appetites brought death and rape into his family, but God still loved him anyway. Despite the brokenness, despite the mistakes, despite the darkness that crept into his life, David understood that God’s love was unwavering. It’s a humble feeling to know that you deserve the worst, yet God has had mercy on you and those you love. To be guilty and receive mercy. In Psalm 103:8-12, David beautifully expresses this truth:
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” — Psalm 103:8-12 (NASB1995)
The Life-Changing Impact of God’s Mercy
If it had not been for Jesus…!
🗡️ I would have been killed when I was attacked,
🌊 I would have drowned in the floods of mental anguish,
💔 My life would have been washed away into ruin.
Praise be to Jesus! He had mercy and pulled us out, just in time.
In Romans 8:31, the apostle Paul reminds us of the comforting truth:
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” This verse reassures us that with God on our side, nothing can truly stand against us. No attack, no mental turmoil, no disaster can overcome the power of God’s love and protection. — Romans 8:31 (NASB1995)
Applying the Lessons to Our Lives
So how can we apply these lessons to our own lives? How can we experience the overwhelming sense of God’s intervention, the assurance of His love despite our failures, and the life-changing impact of His mercy?
- Embrace Humility: Just as David humbled himself before God, acknowledging his mistakes and weaknesses, we too can come before God with a humble heart. Recognize your need for His guidance and mercy.
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” — Philippians 2:3-4 (NASB1995)
- Seek Forgiveness: When you’re burdened by mistakes and guilt, remember that God’s forgiveness is available to you. Turn to Him, confess your sins, and accept His gracious forgiveness.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” — 1 John 1:9 (NASB1995)
- Trust in God’s Timing: God’s intervention may not always align with our timeline, but trust that His timing is perfect. He will pull you out of challenges and difficulties just when you need it most.
“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.” — Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NASB1995)
- Hold onto Hope: Even in the darkest moments, hold onto the hope that God’s love is unwavering. His love can bring light into the darkest corners of our lives.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” — Romans 15:13 (NASB1995)
- Share Your Story: Just as David’s story of God’s mercy and intervention has inspired countless individuals, share your own experiences with others. Your story could be the encouragement someone else needs to hear.
“My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and of Your salvation all day long; for I do not know the sum of them. I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone.” — Psalm 71:15-16 (NASB1995)
God is For Us
Reflecting on Psalm 124, we’re reminded that when God is on our side, nothing can ultimately defeat us. The overwhelming sense of His intervention, the depth of His love, and the life-changing impact of His mercy are available to each one of us. Like David, we can find solace in God’s presence even in the midst of challenges. So, let’s embrace humility, seek forgiveness, trust in God’s timing, hold onto hope, and share our stories of God’s faithfulness. After all, if God is for us, who can be against us?