Wednesday: March 7                                                          

Psalm 114  

When Israel went out from Egypt,

the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,

Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel his dominion.

The sea looked and fled;

Jordan turned back.

The mountains skipped like rams,

the hills like lambs.

Why is it, O sea, that you flee?

O Jordan, that you turn back?

O mountains, that you skip like rams?

O hills, like lambs?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the LORD,

at the presence of the God of Jacob,

who turns the rock into a pool of water,

the flint into a spring of water.


            In France, I participated in a local tradition called the transhumance, when farmers move their cows from the lower fields to the alpine meadows.  Though now transported by truck, some are kept back by each farmer and together they herd the cows up the mountain as in olden days.  People line the roads, commuters wait patiently roadside, and lunch together caps this celebration of “moving from here to there.”   Psalm 114 gives a poetic description of the Exodus, a movement of God’s people from “here to there.” In this holy transhumance, the psalmist gives glory to God for taming even nature during the travels.  In all of life’s transitions from “here to there,” know that God is with you – be it city to city, job to job, youth to adulthood, single to married, couple to widower.  God is with you for you are one of God’s people, too. 

Lord, thank you for your presence with us along the ways of life.

Rev. Jamie Gump

Madison Avenue Christian Church, Huntington