In your own head have you ever played out, “What if?” scenarios, going over and over what might have been if you had taken a different turn or gone a different way, or said or done something else at a particular time?
Here in Psalm 124, the psalmist is engaging in that kind of rhetoric. He is asking what would have happened if the Lord had not been with Israel.
“If the Lord had not been on our side—let Israel say—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.” Psalm 124:1-5
If the Lord had not been with them, Israel would have been swallowed alive by enemies, engulfed by floods and torrents. But that didn’t happen because the Lord was at work.
“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.” Psalm 124:6-8
Because God was with Israel, protection, safety, and escape were the “What was!”
Lord God, I can look back like the psalmist and see Your hand in my life as well. I know the One who was, and is, and is to come. You take all the “what ifs” and use them in my life.