Study Guide – Psalm 124

1 If the Lord had not been on our side—
    let Israel say—
2 if the Lord had not been on our side
    when people attacked us,
3 they would have swallowed us alive
    when their anger flared against us;
4 the flood would have engulfed us,
    the torrent would have swept over us,
5 the raging waters
    would have swept us away.


In your own words, what is the author trying to emphasize in verses 1-5? 

This psalm, in a group with Psalms 120-134, is a "Song of Ascent", that was used to prepare people to worship together in Jerusalem. If  you were on your way to worship, how would the perspective-shifting reminder in verses 1-5 prepare you?

6 Praise be to the Lord,
    who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird
    from the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
    and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth. NIV


After reading this whole psalm, would you conclude that it has a healthy self-assessment or an insecure one? Tricky question: Would a confident follower of God ever say these things?

How does Romans 12:3 affirm Psalm 124?

::::: Equipping Challenge :::::

Examine your own heart today. Is there anything that you are prideful about— in which you fail to recognize the Lord. Offer this to the Lord in prayer and give praise to the Lord for His help and His mercy.

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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