1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,
let Israel now say —
2 if it had not been the LORD who was on our side,
when men rose up against us,
3 then they would have swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;
4 then the flood would have swept us away,
the torrent would have gone over us;
5 then over us would have gone the raging waters.
6 Blessed be the LORD, who has not given us as prey to their teeth!
7 We have escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken, and we have escaped!
8 Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
Most of this seems to be about the physical help the children of Israel received as they left Egypt. However the line that “the snare is broken” lends itself more to a spiritual interpretation as that is how the phrase is used.
They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.” Ex. 23:33
Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither you go, lest it become a snare in the midst of you. Ex. 34:12
And you shall destroy all the peoples that the LORD your God will give over to you, your eye shall not pity them; neither shall you serve their gods, for that would be a snare to you. Deut. 7:16
It is paganism that is the snare. Those who belong to the Lord’s our only those that have escaped paganism. For the snare is alway set, and we must always be ready to make our escape. (See Also: The Pagan Origins of Christmas I, The Pagan Origins of Christmas II, The Pagan Origins of Christmas III, The Pagan Origins of Easter, The Pagan Origins of Lent)