Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side--
let Israel now say--
2 if it had not been the LORD who was on our side
when people rose up against us,
3 then they would have swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;
4 then the flood would have swept us away,
the torrent would have gone over us;
5 then over us would have gone the raging waters.
6 Blessed be the LORD,
who has not given us as prey to their teeth!
7 We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken, and we have escaped!
8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
And here are the notes from the Lutheran Study Bible (CPH) for verse 7:Imagery of earthbound people nearly drowned in the flood (vv4-5) is followed by a comparison of people to birds caught in the subtlety of a snare. The flood's danger is open and frightening; the snare is hidden and tempting. But God delivers from both extremes.
And the final note for the entire psalm:We need this psalm's reminder that our strength and safety come only by God's hand. We are in danger from flood and snare, the overwhelming and the enticing. But God is faithful for His name's sake. He rescues us so that we will continue to bless and call on His name.
Lead us safely, Lord so we may always give glory to Your name. Amen.
This psalm really came to life for me after this weekend and seeing the birds caught in the "snare". It truly is "hidden".
Our strength and safety come only by God's hand.
He rescues us so that we will continue to bless and call on His name.
God gets us out of the mess we are in.
Want to see what happens when I try to help or struggle as God is getting me out of the "snare".
I get stuck worse than I was at first.