A couple of weeks ago our church began a series on the Psalms of Accents. As well as reading the chapter for the week and spending time in prayer, one of the challenges is to re-write the psalm of the week in our own words. I will confess I haven’t been very consistent in following along with every daily discipline, but this week’s psalm really hit home for me. These particular psalms have been encouraging to read because they are about fellow Believers on a journey. As they ascended to Jerusalem every year to celebrate their feasts, the Jewish pilgrims faced hardship, danger, and doubt. But still they sang. I admire their honesty, and though their feelings didn’t always match up, they acknowledge that the Lord was their help and hope no matter what. This example challenges me to keep singing real authentic songs to the Lord as I journey. As well as to keep in mind the great hope we have living on this side of the cross. Hope you are encouraged by this as well! Keep pressing on!
This week’s psalm is Psalm 124. Here it is re-written in my own words.
“If the Lord had not been on my side, if He hadn’t been for me-
I will say-
If the Lord had not been on my side fighting with me when men accused me and came against me, then they would have prevailed.
I would have fought for my life while they held it in their hands.
They would have overtaken me in their anger, and the waters of adversity would have overwhelmed me.
The feelings of despair raging inside would have swept over and engulfed me.
Praise the Lord who counseled me and delivered me!
He is my comfort and stay. He has not allowed me to be torn apart. He has not allowed my undoing.
Rather, He has provided a way of escape. He has set me free-Eternally from sin and despair.
My help is in the name of ‘Yahweh, the Maker of heaven and earth-Creator and Sustainer of all, and my good Father!
Also, check out Psalm 94 for more encouragement!