Today's scripture reading is Psalm 114, KJV.
"When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion. The sea saw it and fled: Jordan was driven back. The mountains skipped like rams, and the hills like lambs. What ailed the, O thou sea, that thou fleetest? thou Jordan, that thou were driven back? Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills like lambs? Tremble, then earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob; which turned the rock into a standing water; the flint into a fountain of waters?"
This Psalm is part of the Egyptian Hallel, which is sung as part of Israel's Passover ceremony. It is to ensure Israel's deliverance out of Egypt is to be constantly remembered.
It almost seems as though the Psalmist is mocking the waters and the mountains for not behaving in their normal manner. "What's wrong with you wimps?" But then he gets serious, and tells them they better fear and respect what the Lord can, did, and will do to save his chosen ones. I think there's both fear and joy in this passage. We should tremble at His might, yet we, like the little his, can joyously skip like lambs because we have been saved by the flint which turned into the water of life for us.
There is so much fear in the world as I write this, and we need to strive to look for and find the joy. I'm able to find joy in communicating with family and friends; joy in the friends who have been so kind and helpful to me; joy in brief spurts of sunshine when I can step outside and breathe fresh air; joy in sharing our worship services; joy in faith and hope. Simple joys, but they are there. We just need to look for them and be thankful for them. Where are your simple joys found? In your gardens? In your reading? In music? In helping others? In prayer? The joys are there, so remember to acknowledge them and hold them dear in your hearts.
Most merciful Lord, you have promised to be with us always. May Your love enfold us, and Your strength uphold us. In the name of our savior, Jesus the Christ, we pray. Amen.
Prayer Concern - Those who cannot find joy in difficult times.