God’s Salvation for the People

9 Jan

I have talked about being grateful for blessings; health, warmth, faith, family, friends. . there are so many reasons to live in gratitude.

Psalm 114 tells the story of Israel’s escape from Egypt in a psalm of praise. This means that it is light on the details and long on the emotion of the experience.

1-8 After Israel left Egypt,
the clan of Jacob left those barbarians behind;
Judah became holy land for him,
Israel the place of holy rule.
Sea took one look and ran the other way;
River Jordan turned around and ran off.
The mountains turned playful and skipped like rams,
the hills frolicked like spring lambs.
What’s wrong with you, Sea, that you ran away?
and you, River Jordan, that you turned and ran off?
And mountains, why did you skip like rams?
and you, hills, frolic like spring lambs?
Tremble, Earth! You’re in the Lord’s presence!
in the presence of Jacob’s God.
He turned the rock into a pool of cool water,
turned flint into fresh spring water.

The experience of reading through this psalm today is clouded by a video I just watched on climate change and the receding waters of Africa.

I believe in this country we are experiencing climate change by intensive weather events; brush fire, floods, arctic blasts . . . In Africa they are experiencing it as a loss of life source in the waters that flow in their land. I have included the link to the video made in 2010 and life has only gotten more difficult for the people in the years since it was made.


After you watch the video think of what the people of Israel were saying about God when they believe God “turned the rock into a pool of cool water, turned flint into fresh spring water”.

Peace for your day and prayers for our planet.


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