Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Ps. 124:8)
A deadly rapid was waiting below the one I was paddling. The canoe tipped, I was unable to maintain the low brace with the paddle, and I flipped out of the boat in the middle of a long whitewater rapid. A rope was thrown to me, but it fell behind me. My husband threw another rope, but I was not able to reach it. I was on my own. I was trying to make it to shore when I saw one of our group canoeing from shore to get me. I grabbed the canoe, and he took me to safety. If Mark had not risked his life for me, I may not be writing this devotion today.
Psalm 124 is an over-the-shoulder look at the mercies of God in the Israelites’ lives. The worshipers were urged to recount the events in their lives where the Lord was on their side. They relived the torrents of life in phrases, such as “anger flared,” “swallowed alive,” “flood . . . engulfed us,” “torrent . . . swept over us,” and "raging waters . . . swept us away.” They had faced trials, but they knew their help was the Lord, the creator of the cosmos. What power was at their disposal!
When we face problems, recall God’s previous help. Then remember that we face the future with the creator of the universe.
When facing problems, remember your help is the creator of the universe.
Gena Duncan is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan College. She and her husband reside in Naples, Florida, in the winter season.
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