In response to recent requests from subscribers, the Nugget will be featuring a devotional based on the book of Psalms once a month. We pray you will be blessed by this focus on the one book of the Bible that Jesus quoted the most.
Last month we saw that in
ancient Judaism, the book of Psalms were divided into five books and
were known as the "five books of David". Today's interesting fact is
that ancient Judaism saw these five books corresponding and contrasting
with the "five books of Moses". They saw the image of the five books of
the law in the five books of the Psalms, and it is recorded that they
regarded it as a second Pentateuch, an echo of the first...
Today's lesson from the Psalms focuses on
Psalm 114. It is actually not known
who authored this song. Though it is often accredited to David, some say
it was penned after the division of the kingdom into Israel of the North
and Judah of the South. Whether we know the author or not, this Psalm
builds us up in the depths of our despair. Consider these first few
"When the Israelites escaped from Egypt--
the family of Jacob left that foreign land--
the land of Judah became
and Israel became his kingdom.
The Red Sea saw
them coming and hurried out of their way!
The water of the Jordan
River turned away.
The mountains skipped like rams,
like lambs!" (Psalm 114:1-4 NLT)
This Psalm begins by
reminding its listeners of God's almighty power and might by directing
our attention to a monumental event in history: Israel's deliverance
from Egypt and their conquest of Canaan. If God's miraculous power could
accomplish all of this, is there anything He cannot do?
Most of us right now are in the midst of some kind of a bad
situation. It seems the troubles are folding in on all sides, and it is
tempting to say, "Where's God?" The best thing we can do in the midst of
these circumstances is to remember the works of the Lord in the past.
Now no one alive actually was in that party that crossed the Red
Sea and the Jordan River on dry ground; however every one of us has
experienced God in a miraculous way. Maybe He got you into an education
program or helped you pass a test. Maybe He arrived just in time to pull
your tractor out of the ditch. Maybe He provided a good job. A warm
house. A loving family. All you have to do is prayerfully think about
it, and you will find multiple examples of God's power in your life.
I would suggest that you then use the format of
Psalm 114 and personalize your
prayer. Here is one I could easily pray about the time that in my
ignorance about Canadian Immigration, I took a job in Canada, put my
belongings on a moving truck and sent it to Canada, all before
I had my immigration papers signed...
"When we immigrated to
when my family left the land of our birth--
Immigration saw us coming and hurried out of their way!
process that should have taken 9 months took 1 hour..."
want our faith to truly be supercharged about whatever situation we find
ourselves in at the moment,
Psalm 114 urges us to then
reflect upon the miracles:
"What's wrong, Red Sea, that
made you hurry out of their way?
What happened, Jordan River, that
you turned away?
Why, mountains, did you skip like rams?
hills, like lambs?" (Psalm 114:5-6 NLT)
Why not spend some
time reflecting on the miraculous nature of God's goodness to us in the
past? Again, it is helpful to personalize this. My personal song might
continue something like this:
"What's wrong, Canadian
that made you hurry out of our way?
that made you approve our applications
instead of making us wait the prescribed 9 months?"
After reflecting on the miracles,
Psalm 114 goes on to glorify
the power of the almighty God, our God, the One Who loves us enough
to die for us, the One who did everything to make a way. It reminds us
that nothing can stand before the presence of the Lord:
"Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
presence of the God of Jacob.
He turned the rock into a pool of
yes, a spring of water flowed from solid rock." (Psalm
Friends, whatever it is you are going through, it
cannot stand in the presence of the Lord without trembling!
Remember: "What shall we say about such wonderful things as these?
If God is for us, who can ever be
against us?" (Romans 8:31 NLT)
whatever it is that is before you now, and pray it into these final two
"Tremble, O death of a spouse, O sale of a home, O
(insert your current problem here)
in the presence of the Lord,
At the presence of the MY God.
He allowed us to begin the jobs we had
waiting for us in Canada right away,
And this illness, this
(insert your current problem here) is nothing in His presence
Feeling weary, filled with doubt and despair? Follow the
Psalm 114 formula:
Remember God's miracles of the past.
2. Reflect upon
3. Claim the Truth that nothing (and that includes
your current situation!) can stand in the presence of the Lord without
4. Challenge your situation to try to stand
before the Lord!
Then sit back and make yourself comfortable,
because in God's time, He will cause your situation to crumble
In His love,
Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author -- "Aboard
God's Train -- A Journey With God Through the Valley of
Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
Scriptural Nuggets, a website
devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with
Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on
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