Advent: Wednesday Nov 30

Psalm 124

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side—let Israel now say—

if it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when our enemies attacked us,

then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;

then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us;

then over us would have gone the raging waters.

Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as prey to their teeth.

We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped.

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

[The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]


What do you think is behind the temptation to name the Lord as one who is “on our side” versus one who is “on their side”?

What does it mean that “our help is in the name of the Lord”?



  1. It is very tempting to say that the Lord is on “my side” because it implies that the Lord is not in the side of those whom I oppose. It also suggests that I am on the “right side.” It’s a very human thing to pick sides, but I’m not sure it is a practice of the Divine. We often project ourselves and our flawed humanity onto God.

    Life is a Möbius strip, there is only one side and the Lord is in it.

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