Week of 3/17-3/23: Psalms 114 – The Awesome Presence of God

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1 When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 2 Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel his dominion. 3 The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back. 4 The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. 5 Why is it, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? 6 O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs? 7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, 8 who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.   (NRSV)

v1-2 – When God rescued Israel from bondage and slavery in Egypt, God then chose to dwell in their midst…
v3-7 – The Creation is shaken with awe at God’s glory, power, and mercy (loving-kindness) (Mt 28.2)
v.8 – God’s redemption includes quenching of thirst – Water from the rock – Exodus 17:6
Questions for reflection:  
·     From what experiences of bondage and slavery has God already, is God currently, or does God desire in the future to lead us from?
·     What does it mean in our lives that God would choose us as
o       a dwelling place,(‘sanctuary’) – Ezekiel 37.27; Ephesians 2:22
o       a ‘dominion’ – another word for kingdom – Luke 17:21(KJV)
·     How might that relate to Jesus teaching us to pray “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth (in my life!) as it is in heaven”?
·     How have we responded to God’s holiness as the creation does in vs 3-7?
·     In what ways have we experienced God quenching our thirst in the midst of dry times on our journey toward the fulfilling of God’s promises?
·     How might all of this relate to our experiences of Holy Week and Easter?
PRAYER: God who redeems us and sustains us, who seeks to dwell within us and among us, teach us to yield to you today. Help us to see how Jesus lived out his complete trust in you during his final week, even to the cross. Grant us the grace to believe in and see your redeeming works among us, and
to proclaim them to the world. May our lives tremble and quake with the whole creation in awe of you. Amen.

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