Psalm 124:1 - If the Lord had not been on our side…
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Football is big in this part of the country, not just football, but college football. High School football has marked itself as something noteworthy as well, but it seems that college football has the biggest crowds, generates tons of money, and has the fiercest of loyalties. These athletes, who are just non paid students, are at the top of their game, strong, smart, and focused. So much time and attention goes into their training. And I’m sure that when game day comes, in the team locker rooms and in fans living rooms, there’s a lot of praying that goes on. Prayer not only for safety for the student, but let’s be real, prayers for their particular team to win.
So, if two teams are playing one another and each team prays a prayer to win, which one does God listen to? Sometimes we look at our lives the same way. We want to do our best, thrive and succeed, we want to win. And in order for us to do that, it means that someone else might have to fail.
David prays and sings, “If the Lord had not been on our side… we would have been swallowed alive, engulfed in the flood, and swept away.” Many times in Psalms we can also read of prayers against the enemies of Israel, that they might be crushed and destroyed.
Two college football teams is hardly the same thing as Israel and the enemies of Israel - but we need to examine our own motivations for success and winning. Do we want it for our glory or God’s? David prays and thanks God for victories won in the name of God, not his.
Wanting your team to win is not bad. Wanting your life to succeed is not bad. However, being on the side of the Lord is more important. Having the Lord on your side is more important.