Preparation Day -5 (6/3) Psalm 124
1 If the LORD had not been on our side— let Israel say—
2 if the LORD had not been on our side when people attacked us,
3 they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us;
4 the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us,
5 the raging waters would have swept us away.
6 Praise be to the LORD, who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird from the fowler's snare;
the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
(Bird snare- Nambia)
This Psalm is for those who are afraid of danger on their journey to the Holy Land. It is a reminder that when we are going to give homage to God, He is on our side. When God is on our side, we can escape danger even though it may come upon us. The analogy given is a bird escaping a net. These pilgrims escaped people who would hurt them (attacked them), and the way of the journey itself (a flood). The mantra for the pilgrim is found in verse 8- “Our help is in the name of the Lord who made the heaven and the earth.”
Prayer: Lord, I give my fears and my journey to you. Be my help, my guide, my strength.
Speaking of security: Here is a message from Educational Opportunities with a link:
Update on the Gaza Situation from EO's President-James E. Ridgway, Jr
We have received a few calls and emails regarding the recent floatilla in Gaza. We will continue to monitor the situation. At this time, "all is calm and tourism is at record levels. Groups are proceeding normally."
To learn more read Travel Weekly Reporter in Bethlehem
Below is a link to traveler's comments two weeks ago.
US Department of State Travel Warnings (none about Israel to date):