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When Help Doesn’t Seem to Come

Episode 9 | February 26, 2024
Lisa Brenninkmeyer and Laura Phelps

Join us for Episode 9 in our seven-week series, The Psalms of Ascent: A Lenten Pilgrimage. The word translated “ascent” means “to go up.” It gives an idea of being on a journey, moving to a higher place spiritually. In this week's episode, Lisa and Laura dive into Psalm 124 and explore Scripture’s response when help doesn’t seem to come. Trials in life are inevitable, but what if, instead of falling into despair, we choose to see them from a new perspective? Join Lisa and Laura as they set our hearts on pilgrimage, unpacking today’s Psalm and applying it to our daily lives. 

Open your Heart to our key Scripture. 
Psalm 124:1-8: Thanksgiving For Israel’s Deliverance. A Song of Ascents.

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,
let Israel now say—
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,
when men rose up against us,
then they would have swallowed us up alive, 
when their anger was kindled against us;
then the flood would have swept us away, 
the torrent would have gone over us; 
then over us would have gone the raging waters.
Blessed be the Lord, 
who has not given us as prey to their teeth!
We have escaped as a bird
from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped!
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

Open your Bible to other Scriptures referenced in this episode. 
1 John 4:4: He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Romans 5:3-5: We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. 

Invite Him in with this episode’s questions for reflection.
Where can you take a mini-pilgrimage this week? A half-hour pilgrimage to somewhere quiet? 
Finish the sentence: “If the Lord had not been on my side when…what might have happened?
When has God come through for you in the past? 

Show mentions.
Beth Moore, Stepping Up: A Journey through the Psalms of Ascent
Kari Jobe, Majestic, “I Am Not Alone”
Scott Hahn, Curtis Mitch, Rev. Dennis K. Walters, Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, The Book of the Psalms

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