Psalm 114:1-8 – Why is it, O sea, that you flee?

Psalm 114:1-8

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.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Remember a time God provided for you when you faced an insurmountable challenge.
  • How did God part the sea for you?
  • What do you hold from that experience that is important to remember today?
  • Is there another challenge in your life today in which you desire God’s transforming love?
  • Look for the waters to part.  God is with you.
  • Step out onto the dry land.  Trust God.
  • Walk with God to a new place of healing and wholeness.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, September 17, 2017, the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Exodus 14:19-31
Psalm 114:1-8
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD