My niece, Paula, was the daughter I never had. In every issue, I wanted to be on her side. Even when she was grown and married with her own children, I looked out for her. I didn’t like it when the kids were sassy or disobedient toward her.
One day her little daughter said to me, “Aunt Faye, you are always on Mama’s side.”
I didn’t know it was so obvious, but she was right.
We all need an ally.
I remember when I first heard that word, “ally.” It was during the Second World War, and I was in the third grade. Even eight-year-olds knew that a terrible conflict was raging in our world. I was especially aware because I had three big brothers fighting overseas.
My teacher explained to us that our country, The United States of America, had some help fighting the war. We were not alone. There were other countries, on our side. We needed their help to win. Those countries were our allies and we were theirs. We were a team.
I also remember VE Day, Victory in Europe, and VJ Day, Victory in Japan. The dark days of war were over. There was rejoicing in the streets. We won with our allies.
We all face dark and worrisome times in everyday life. You may, even now, be confronting a desperate situation. You feel like you are standing alone—there is no ally in sight. These past few months have been some of the most difficult of my life, and they are not yet over. I have dealt with legal problems for which I had no preparation—I have made decisions for which I was ill-equipped. At times I have felt utterly alone knowing that there was not another human being who really knew what was going on, and yet I had an ALLY.
I HAD AN ALLY! I turned to Psalm 124.
Psalm 124 is a song of praise written by King David in celebration of his triumphal return to Jerusalem after his son Absalom tried to usurp the throne.
In Psalm 124:1-3, David said, “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say. If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us…they would have swallowed us up alive;”
In the year 1582, this psalm was sung on a remarkable occasion in Edinburgh, Scotland. A Scottish preacher had been wrongfully accused and imprisoned by enemies of the Gospel. On the day John Durie was set free, he was met outside the prison and welcomed by two hundred of his friends. The number increased until he found himself thronged by a company of two thousand, who began to sing, as they marched up High Street. The words of the old song rang out as they solemnly sang, in four parts, all joining in the well-known tune and psalm—“Now Israel may say, if it had not been the Lord who was on our side…”
As they sang, they were deeply moved, and so were all who heard. It is said that the man who was chiefly responsible for the preacher’s wrongful imprisonment, was more alarmed by the song and the sight of the marching believers than anything he had ever seen in Scotland.
So! Does the Lord take sides? Absolutely! He was on John Durie’s side and He is on your side. HE IS YOUR ALLY!
If you are one of His, God the Father is on your side. He loves you. You belong to Him. You are as dear to Him as the apple of his eye. In turbulent times, He is your peace. In trials, He is your strong arm. He supplies your needs, keeps you by His power, and saves you from your enemies. You have nothing to fear from any quarter.
“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side…” But He is. There are no “ifs, ands, or buts about it. He is on our side.
David ends this psalm by saying in verse 8, “Our help is in the Name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
He has not fashioned a few little things alone, but out of nothing and with the aid of nothing, He made all that now is. All heaven and the whole earth are the works of His hands. If He can do all this, surely He can care for me. As long as I can see heaven and earth I will not be afraid. My present help and future hope is in the name of the Lord.
Remember, HE IS YOUR ALLY, and…
The sun will come out tomorrow!