Preacher: “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side . . ”
Seeker: “—let Israel now say—if it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when our enemies attacked us . . “
Seeker : “ . . then they would have swallowed us up alive . .” Praise be to God that the Lord was on our side!
Preacher: “ . . when their anger was kindled against us; then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us:”
Seeker : “ . . . then over us would have gone the raging waters.” We would have been adrift and lost. But the Lord was with us and did not forsake us.
Preacher: “Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as prey to their teeth.”
Seeker: “We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped.” Praise to God that we have escaped misfortune and death. The snare of sin has been lifted from us and has passed us by, through the power and redemption of our Lord and King!
Preacher: Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 124 with some additional exclamations)
Whoever placed together the reading from the book of Esther and this psalm did well. Esther and her fellow Jews escaped with their lives. They were given permission to defend themselves against those who sought to kill them, and not one life was lost amongst all the Jews.
While I do not advocate arming one’s self and defending one’s self with aggression, neither do I believe we should be defenseless against what seeks to harm us. I firmly believe that God is our Defender, and that Lord is ever on our side. However, some victories come not in this life but in the life to come. The world often times is set against us, and we find ourselves at the mercy of those larger and more powerful than us in our human lives. Whether in this life or in the life to come, may you receive this blessing of safety from harm beloved reader. Selah!