“If it had not been the LORD who was on our side …” (v1). The psalmist lived long enough to recognize that God’s hand of mercy and His powerful kindness stood between him (and all Israel) and total destruction. Because the Lord is on our side, the “raging waters” of loss, sickness, relational conflict, and our own failures cannot win; the floods surround us but can’t sweep us away (v3-5). He is our rescuer, especially from the bondage of sin.
“The snare is broken, and we have escaped!” (v7). In Jesus, God showed that He is “on our side” forever. He rescues us from chaos and darkness and shows us how to live in freedom.