in The Psalms
What does it say?
- Read Psalm 124
- What moods or emotions does the psalmist express?
- Do you see any similarities between this Psalm and the previous Songs of Ascent? (Psalm 120, 121, 122, 123)
- Are there repeated words or ideas?
- What connecting words do you see? (therefore, yet, however, likewise, so then, then, because, for, etc.)
What does it mean?
- Why do you think the Psalmist repeats himself in verse 2? ("if it had not been the Lord who was on our side...")
- What does the imagery in verses 3-7 tell you about how the Psalmist views their enemies?
- What enemies might the Psalmist be talking about? (Remember that this was written originally for Jews hundreds of years before Jesus came).
- Many Bibles add spaces between lines of the Psalms to help show stanzas in the poetry.
- How are verses 1-5 different or similar to verses 6-7?
- What about compared to verse 8?
- What does it mean that the Lord was on Israel's side? Is it different in any way from how the Lord is on our side today?
- Is there anything in this passage that points to or foreshadows truths of the gospel? (Remember there might be many answers to this question: does it mirror Jesus in any way? Anything pointing to sin, judgment, salvation, God's love, etc.?)
How should it change us?
- If you need help, where do you tend to look first?
- Why should we look ultimately to God for help?
- Reflect on your life before Christ and what would have happened if God had not saved you from sin and death. How does it make you feel?
- Do you ever feel like God is not on your side?
- How do you know that He is?
- Where can you go to in scripture? (ex. Romans 8:31-39)