May 12, 2022 – Psalm 114 – Sanctuary

Today we will read Psalm 114:

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.

As you know, I love the Psalms.  They are so honest, and they paint such a beautiful picture of God, His goodness, and why we should worship Him. 

Today, this Psalm has such a powerful and beautiful concept at its beginning.  Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel His dominion.  In other words, God makes His home among us as humans.  God is with us, God is ours, and we are His.

One of the most powerful concepts in all of the Bible is seen in verse 7, when God is called “the God of Jacob.”  How is God known?  He is known or identified by His people.  He’s not just God.  He is the God of Jacob.  Think about that. God is known by or identified with us.  He is God of Andy.  Of the God of (your name). Isn’t that amazing?

It is just that God loves us or is proud of us. He is known as our God. 

That is how much He loves you and me. And within that means that we should live in such a way to give that meaning.  We should know that our actions, words, and all we are will reflect upon God. He is ours, and we are His. 

He’s not ashamed to be known as your God.  You and I are His sanctuaries. He makes His home among us.  Live today, knowing that presence and goodness.  Live today, knowing just how much God loves you and is with you.

Today, God is with us.

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