If God hadn't been for us - all together now, Israel, sing out! -
If God hadn't been for us when everyone went against us,
We would have been swallowed alive by their violent anger,
Swept away by the flood of rage, drowned in the torrent;
We would have lost our lives in the wild, raging water.
Oh, blessed be God! He didn't go off and leave us. He didn't abandon us defenseless, helpless as a rabbit in a pack of snarling dogs.
We've flown free from their fangs, free of their traps, free as a bird. Their grip is broken; we're free as a bird in flight.
God's strong name is our help, the same God who made heaven and earth.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)