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Bible Commentaries

Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Psalms 124

Verses 1-8

REFLECTIONS. This psalm was written after a victory, when the nine nations had plotted to destroy Zion, and to extinguish the light of Israel. Poor deluded nations; little did you know the power of him that dwelleth in Zion, and little do the wicked now consider that the gates of hell shall not prevail against his church. See Psalms 83:0.

This conspiracy of the nations was to swallow up Israel as in a pit, to ravage the country as a flood, or as the breaking in of the sea upon the level plains. So, oh my soul, when the enemy comes in as a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. Get into David’s spirit, and thou shalt have David’s victory.

The character of this conspiracy was as a snare set for the feet of the Israelites. Yes; but God is higher than kings, stronger than men, and wiser than demons. The christian has every reason to give praise to God. It is not to nature, but to grace he owes his safety. Except the Lord had been on his side, he had fallen.

We should trust the Lord for the future, and say, Our help be in the name of the Lord. With these words the French protestants begin their service; and with them we should begin every work. Truly the church may raise ten thousand trophies to God; and this psalm is a trophy to him more durable than all the arches and pillars of pagan kings.

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Sutcliffe, Joseph. "Commentary on Psalms 124". Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments. 1835.