Psalm 114:7 (ESV) – Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
I can’t begin to fathom the work it took to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt in the Exodus. The logistics are mind-numbing. How in the world could Moses and Aaron have orchestrated nearly two million people, with little to no time to organize, and lead them into and through a barren wasteland? It boggles the brain.
But God took it upon himself to take up their cause. When God decided it was time for his people to inherit the promises He had made to the patriarchs, he showed up in dramatic fashion. And when he showed up, big things happened.
The Red Sea parted; so did the Jordan River. Mount Sinai shook and rumbled. Rocks started spewing forth drinking water. This is what God did for his people. Or we could say, this is how the earth reacted when God showed up.
Read our Psalm for prayer for this week. Psalm 114. Notice the many unique natural phenomenon it describes. All of these things witnessed by the Israelites were to encourage them that God was for them. A God who causes water to flee from and mountains to tremble before him, yes, THAT God is the God who is for me. And if THAT God is for me, then who can be against me?
Heavenly Father, thank you for parting earth and sky for your people. Thank you for doing it for the fledgling nation of Israel in the Exodus, and thank you for doing it for all mankind in the sending of your Son. Thank you that the heavens parted and the Spirit descended at his baptism, and thank you that the stone rolled away and the spirit regenerated his lifeless body in the tomb. Thank you for making such a dramatic statement of your great love for me, for your people, for the body of Your beloved Son at NRBC. Give us hearts to understand your power for us and your love toward us that we might glory in Christ, who loved enough to die for us and was powerful enough to rise from the dead for us. We thank you for these things in the name of Jesus Himself, God in human flesh, Parter of Seas and Mover of Mountains! Amen!