“5 Come and see the works of God, Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men. 6 He turned the sea into dry land; They passed through the river on foot; There let us rejoice in Him!” Psalms 66
The psalmist chose two specific historical events in ancient Israel to invite every reader of the Bible to “come and see”.
Have you ever wondered why he chose those two out of the multitude of events available to him?
Here is what I believe –
1. “He turned the sea into dry land” speaks of deliverance from Egyptian bondage.
Egypt is a type of the world, sin, and being in bondage to a tyrant [Pharoah / devil]. To escape, God dried up the Red Sea so the children of Israel could walk on dry ground to begin their 11 day journey to the Promised Land [the place God wanted to deliver them into].
Unfortunately they turned that 11 day trek into a 40 year journey!
2. “They passed through the river on foot” speaks of the people having to take a risk to enter the place God delivered them out of Egypt to enter.
The river Jordan was at flood stage so the risk was great. If it had been at a time or place where there was not much water the risk would have been much lower. God did not dry up the river like He did the Red Sea.
God never delivers a person just to get them out of something or some place. He always wants to deliver people into something or some place. That place is the place of freedom and blessing. It is the place He created you to be.
It is the place where His purpose for your life can be fully lived!
In order to get into the place God wants to deliver you into [the place of your divine purpose] you will have to step into the water [that which is inconvenient and risky] to enter into it. It is at that place [“there”] that the greatest rejoicing takes place. “There let us rejoice in Him!”
It is interesting to me that the psalmist said to rejoice at the place you enter your purpose, not at the place of pain you were delivered out of.
When the children of Israel stepped into the flood waters the water rolled all the way back to a town called Adam.
Adam is the man who lost sight of who he was [made in the likeness and image of God], why he was [to work and protect the Garden God placed him in charge of, and to export the blessings of the Garden to the rest of the world]. When he lost focus he sucked the serpent into his world and became lost, or separated from the God who made him.
Adam did not get lost until he lost focus! When he lost focus he lost his identity and his purpose.
Are you lost? Have you lost focus? Have you forgotten who God says you are? Have you failed to enter into the work God called you to do? Have you been living irresponsibly by either never entering your place of purpose, or by being irresponsible in your area of responsibility?
Rolling the water back to Adam speaks of the removal of all that Adam passed on to you so that you go into your place of purpose free, clear and clean as you fully appreciate and appropriate all that you are in the last Adam, who is Jesus Christ.
What is standing in your way keeping you from stepping into God’s purpose for you?
What are you afraid to step into?
What is God not removing from you for you because it will be removed when you take the step of faith required to see it removed?
Is your identity in the first Adam, who failed miserably?
Is your identity in the last Adam, Jesus Christ, who is a faithful Son over the household of God?
“Come and see the works of God, Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.”
Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin