“New Surroundings by Joy”
The 15th chapter of Exodus records a spontaneous song that broke out after God destroyed the Egyptian army at the parting of the Red Sea. The song was to commemorate the faithfulness of God in the past but it was also to remind the Israelites of God’s faithfulness in the future. At one point the we even see the 90-year-old sister of Moses, Miriam, leading a dance unto the Lord. But by the time we get to the 22nd verse the people have already forgotten the words of praising God’s victory on their behalf. The cause of this was that out in the wilderness for three days they couldn’t find anything to drink. So in verse 25 Moses the Lord instructs Moses to place this tree into the water, which makes it drinkable. We do not know what kind of tree this was but it is interesting to look at this symbolically for a moment. Water always represents the word of God and the cross is often called the tree. We won’t find obedience to the word sweet until we place the cross of grace in it! When you lose your joy in the Lord go back to the Word of God and remember how He has worked on your behalf and it will quench your thirst every time. Saint’s, God does not create joy by new surroundings He creates new surroundings by joy! They were singing the right song, but failed to remember the chorus, “Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders?”
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!