Scripture Verse

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us. Psalm 124:2–3


H. A. César Malan

Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­te­ri­an Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 352.

Music: Boyn­ton H. A. Cé­sar Ma­lan (1787–1864) (🔊 pdf nwc).


Had not the Lord been Israel’s help
When angry foes assailed,
Had not the Lord been on our side,
Our righteous cause had failed.

Without His help the waters proud
Had overwhelmed our soul,
But, praised be God, the waves of wrath
Are under His control.

We are escaped, as from the snare,
A bird in safety flies;
The snare is broken and our souls
In liberty arise.

Our help is in the glorious name,
The name of matchless worth,
Of Him to whom all power belongs,
The Lord of Heaven and earth.