Psalm 114

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

Here is today’s prayer, preceded by the text from the Contemporary English Version, copyright 1995, by the America Bible Society:

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God brought his people out of Egypt, that land with a strange language. He made Judah his holy place and ruled over Israel. When the sea looked at God, it ran away, and the Jordan River flowed upstream. The mountains and the hills skipped around like goats.

Ask the sea why it ran away or ask the Jordan why it flowed upstream. Ask the mountains and the hills why they skipped like goats!

Earth, you will tremble, when the Lord God of Jacob comes near, because he turns solid rock into flowing streams and pools of water.

There is always a way forward when we take Your hand.

psalm 114

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 114:

God. Abba. Father.

Thank you for the plans you have for us. When we remember the ancient story of how you led your people out of captivity, we see your creative hand to demonstrate your glory and to increase our faith. You led your children to the edge of the sea, where there appeared to be no way out. But you made a way! You did something impossible. You parted the waters!

And our faith, thousands of years later, is made stronger because of what you did then. If you did something like that, we believe you will do it again, for your glory and our joy!

So today, we ask you for a miracle. Please, move in places where it seems impossible. Where there is illness, bring life. Where there is fear, bring courage. Where there is strife, bring peace. Where there is anxiety, bring joy. Where there is uncertainty, bring faith. Where there is despair, bring hope. Where there is hatred, bring love.

There is always a way forward when we take your hand. Thank you for leading us to this place. We need you. We will always need you.

We praise you and thank you!

In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Run to God. You Will Make It.

King David wrote these words in 2 Samuel: “What a God! His road stretches straight and smooth. Every God-direction is road-tested. Everyone who runs toward Him makes it.” 2 Samuel 22:31, MSG.

This is the same David who was chased for decades throughout The Land. His enemies included King Saul, his own son Absalom, a wanna-be leader by the name of Sheba, and of course the armies of Philistines.

Here towards the end of the journey he acknowledges and worships the One True God. We might expect this song in the Psalms, but here it as at the end of the 2 Samuel narrative. Despite the many setbacks of the shepherd-turned-warrior-turned-king, his heart is pure before God. He takes time, regularly, to sing and praise the Almighty for who He is.

Every time you begin to run back to God, He will show the way to His throne. It is unmistakable. He wants you to make it.

“The LORD is my rock… He is my shield and my saving strength, my defender and my place of safety. (v3, NCV).

“In my distress I called to the LORD. I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.” (v7, NIV).

“He brought me out to an open place; he rescued me, because he took pleasure in me.” (v20, CJB).

“You give me a better way to live, so I live as you want me to.” (v37, NCV).

“You are a mighty rock. I will honor you for keeping me safe.” (v47, CEV).

‘So I will praise you, LORD, among the nations. I will sing praises to your name.” (v50, NCV).

Even if your life feels like it’s full of ups and downs and right turns and left turns, know that every time you begin to run back to God, He will show the way to His throne. It is unmistakable. Why? Because He wants you to make it! In fact, He is making the way clear. Even now.

David’s son Solomon says it this way: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:56, NIV).

And once we’re there, we will join David in praising God for all eternity.

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord, the all-powerful God, who was and is and is coming.” (Revelation 4:8, CEV).

“What a God! His road stretches straight and smooth. Every God-direction is road-tested. Everyone who runs toward Him makes it.” (2 Samuel 22:31, MSG).

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.