God's Presence Transforms

Scripture: Psalm 114:7-8, ‘Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.’

 

Observations: Psalm 114 talks about how God rescued his people from Egypt and made a way through the Red Sea and across the Jordan into the Promised Land. The Psalmist sees in these events ‘the presence of the Lord.’ In these final verses the psalmist mentions how God ‘turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.’ It’s likely that the Psalmist is thinking of the two times that Moses struck rock during the Exodus and water came forth (Ex 17:6; Num 20:11, see Dt 8:15).The point is that God can take the seemingly impossible and turn it into a blessing. Bare rock can become a pool of water, and hard flint into a spring.

 

Applications: What are the dry areas, or the areas of hardness in your life? Maybe you feel spiritually dry, or your relationships are emotionally dry, or maybe you have to deal with someone who has a hard heart. When we face these things on our own they can seem impossible situations, but when God is present he can soften the hardest of hearts, he can breathe new life into our relationships, including our relationship with him. Like the Israelites who cried out to the Lord, maybe we need to cry out to the Lord and ask him to come down and turn our rocky places into pools of water, and our hard-hearts into springs of living water.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, the truth is that often the dry and hard parts of my life are due to the fact that I am walking through life on my own. Lord, forgive my independence, and help me to seek You and Your blessing. Lord, help me to live my life in Your presence. Lord, may my life tremble before You. May the rocky parts of my life become pools of water. May the hard parts of my life become springs. Lord, change me and make me more like Your Son, Jesus Christ my Lord, in whose name I pray. Amen.

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