The Lord on Our Side.

Psalm 124:1 (NLT) What if the Lord had not been on our side? Let all Israel repeat:

If you are a true child of God, you will go through deep waters, and trials will chill you to the bone. Trials will seem to sweep you off your feet, take away your foothold, and carry you along their rapid currents. You must expect trials.

After you have endured them, do not delude yourself with the promise of relief. When one trouble has gone, another will come. It will probably be of a different character, and it will probably require the exercise of a different kind of grace and watchfulness. Instead of being in the water, you will be in the fire. You will not be chilled then; you will be heated like metal melting in a furnace. The fierce flames will be around you.

There are certain trials that would rapidly overwhelm our faith and consume us if we did not have a secret source of divine, omnipotent strength. If it were not true that the Lord sits enthroned at the flood and as King forever (Ps. 29:10), the rivers would long ago have overwhelmed us. If it were not that He makes the flaming fire His messenger and the burning heat His servant, we would be utterly consumed (Is. 43:2).

You may expect that between here and heaven, if you have not met with it yet, you will have enough trouble to destroy you unless the Lord is your Helper. Most of us can sing with the psalmist, “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side … then the waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul” (Ps. 124:1, 4).

— Charles Spurgeon