Psalm 124: The Lord Our Deliverer

How important is having the Lord on “our side”? Why?

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Psalm 124:1–3 David’s song for worship.
Let Israel say, “If the Lord had not been on our side, if the Lord had not been on our side when we were attacked, we would have been swallowed alive in their burning anger.
King James
Psalm 124:1–3 <A Song of degrees of David.> If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say; If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:

How can we be sure a positive outcome is due to the Lord’s help and not coincidence?

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Psalm 124:1–3 David’s song for worship.
Let Israel say, “If the Lord had not been on our side, if the Lord had not been on our side when we were attacked, we would have been swallowed alive in their burning anger.
King James
Psalm 124:1–3 <A Song of degrees of David.> If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say; If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:

What must we do to experience God’s salvation?

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Psalm 124:4–5 Like torrential rain fills riverbeds and sweeps everything away, we should have drowned beneath their angry flood.
King James
Psalm 124:4–5 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.

From where do enemies receive their power over Christians?

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Psalm 124:6 Praise the Lord, who did not allow us to be torn apart by their teeth.
King James
Psalm 124:6 Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.

What did Jesus do to “set the captives free”?

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Psalm 124:7 We escaped like birds freed from a snare when the latch was broken.
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Psalm 124:7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.

What are Christians freed from? What are they freed for?

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Psalm 124:7 We escaped like birds freed from a snare when the latch was broken.
King James
Psalm 124:7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.

Why is the Lord the only one who could deliver us?

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Psalm 124:8 Our deliverer is the Lord, Creator of earth and sky.
King James
Psalm 124:8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.