Ps 124:1-8. The writer, for the Church, praises God for past, and expresses trust for future, deliverance from foes.
1, 2. on our side--for us (Ps 56:9). now--or, "oh! let Israel"
2. rose . . . against, &c.--(Ps 3:1 56:11). 3. Then--that is, the time of our danger. quick--literally, "living" (Nu 16:32,33), description of ferocity. 4, 5. (Compare Ps 18:4,16). 5. The epithet proud added to waters denotes insolent enemies.
6, 7. The figure is changed to that of a rapacious wild beast (Ps 3:7), and then of a fowler (Ps 91:3), complete escape is denoted by breaking the net.
8. (Compare Ps 121:2). name--in the usual sense (Ps 5:11 20:1). He thus places over against the great danger the omnipotent God, and drowns, as it were in an anthem, the wickedness of the whole world and of hell, just as a great fire consumes a little drop of water [LUTHER].