Sustained by God’s Word of Praise
Psalm 114: This short psalm is in the form of a hymn that has come to be associated with Passover celebrations. It describes God’s delivering the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt and guiding them into the Promised Land.
Judah became the Lord’s holy people, Israel became his own possession.
A Passover Song
1 When the people of Israel left Egypt,
when Jacob's descendants left that foreign land,
2Judah became the Lord's holy people,
Israel became his own possession.
3 The Red Sea looked and ran away;
the Jordan River stopped flowing.
4The mountains skipped like goats;
the hills jumped around like lambs.
5What happened, Sea, to make you run away?
And you, O Jordan, why did you stop flowing?
6You mountains, why did you skip like goats?
You hills, why did you jump around like lambs?
7Tremble, earth, at the Lord's coming,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8 who changes rocks into pools of water
and solid cliffs into flowing springs.
Today’s reading includes references to the exodus from Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:26-29) and the crossing of the Jordan River into the land of Canaan (Joshua 3:14-17). In both instances the people walked across on dry ground. The concluding verse references God providing water for the people in the desert (Exodus 17:1-10). What does this psalm teach about the power of God? Are there instances of the power of God at work today?
All-Powerful God, you are ever near, watching over us and guiding us day by day. I join with all creation in praising you for your mighty deeds. Amen.
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Psalm 115: The LORD is the one true God.