Festival Prayers-Succot Kavanot-Psalm 124
“A Song of Ascents, by David. Had not God been with us, let Israel declared it now! Had not God with us been when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive, when their anger was kindled
against us. Then the waters would have inundated us; the current would have surged across our soul. Then they would have surged across our soul, the treacherous waters. Blessed is God, Who did not present us as prey for their teeth. Our soul escaped like a bird from the hunters’ snare; the snare broke and we escaped. Our help is through the Name of God, Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 124).”
We sit in the sukkah to recall and reenact how God protected us when He took us out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, and led us through the desert for forty years. This Psalm is a celebration of that Divine protection.