Rev. Dana Porter Ashton
Updated: May 4, 2021
Over the last several months, I’ve been in a “BUT GOD” season and I could hear King David screaming from the great cloud of witnesses, “If it had not been for the Lord who was on our side” and I instinctively went to the 124th Psalm.
This Psalm is a song in celebration of a national deliverance for the people of Israel. The Lord had brought the children of Israel through dangers seen and unseen and all David could do was declare, “If it had not been for the Lord who was on our side”. In essence, David was declaring, “but God”. Psalm 124 is comprised of eight verses with four key words and four phrases connected to them which make up the theme of the Psalm. The four words are: “If, Then, But, Therefore” and the four phrases are: “IF the Lord had not been on our side, THEN we would have perished; BUT the Lord has been on our side, THEREFORE we will trust and praise Him.” That’s Psalm 124 in summary.
In this strange and unfamiliar season, God has ushered His children into a for real, sho nuff, “but God” season.” When we recognize it, we may not understand it, we may not be able to explain it, but rest assured…we will celebrate it and proclaim like David and the Israelites, “If the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us, they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us; the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away. Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth. We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”