“He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot – come let us rejoice in him”.
Ps 66:6 NIV
Most countries have historical events upon which they look back and regard them as significant events which were turning points in their development. The French refer back to the storming of the Bastille on the 14th July 1789, the high point of the revolution, as their great day. The Americans regard the War of Independence as important. Some South Africans look back to the Great Trek in 1838 as their “beginning of a new dawn”, whilst others regard the first democratic election on 27th April 1994 as the great day.
For the Israelites, the exodus at the Red Sea was a miracle of God and the act of deliverance as something that began their life as a nation. For many centuries they looked back with joy, pride and gratitude to God. They still regard that event as worthy of commemoration. It not only set them free. It revealed their God to them as a miracle-working God who then journeyed with them through the wilderness and down all their subsequent history. Psalm 66 may have been written between nine hundred and a thousand years later – but it is still an event about which to rejoice. It also pointed to a God who was a God in whom they could always rejoice.
As Christians we rejoice in the birth of Jesus at Christmas and in the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ as the events to celebrate. They are the foundation moments of our salvation – they bring us to the Lord who is our God and Father as well.
Lord, help us always to rejoice in you and the salvation you brought.