Psalm 114

Providence
Sue Allen

Read Psalm 114

The [Red Sea] saw it and fled: 
    The Jordan [River] was driven back. 
The mountains skipped like rams, 
    and the little hills like lambs. Psalm 114:3-4 (ASV)

As I read this psalm, I am reminded again how powerful God is. He parted the Red Sea and dried up the Jordan River for the Israelites as he led them from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land. The reference to the mountains skipping and the hills like lambs may be a poetic way of suggesting there were earthquakes on the journey to Israel. In verse 9, we learn how God told Moses to strike a rock and water was provided for the Israelites to drink.

This psalm together with Psalm 113 is recited every year at the beginning of Passover. Psalm 113 is a psalm of praise to the Lord and Psalm 114 is a reminder of God’s deliverance of his people from slavery and all that God did to protect the people of Israel/Judah on their journey.  

Psalm 114 speaks to me right where I am. I am tired of the pandemic, and I have health issues. It is so easy to be stressed out. I need to rely on the Lord. He is all powerful. He brought Israel out of Egypt and even more importantly for me, a gentile, he sent his Son to die on the cross for me. I need to read His word and pray to him. He will protect and deliver me.

Dear Lord, as you provided for every need of the Israelites on their journey, please provide for my every need. Please help me to rely on you and not be afraid. You are all powerful and your Son saved me by dying on the cross for my sins. Amen

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