Like a Flock

Today's devotion from Psalms 76 and 77.

In Psalm 77, Asaph is remembering the exodus account. He is looking around at the destruction of Israel during his time, and longing for God's miraculous works once again. He thinks about the power of God over the waters, over the storm, the thunder and lightning answer His call, the whirlwind housed His booming thunder.

Yes, these are incredible and powerful truths that comfort those who trust in Him. However, I think the climax of this line of reasoning has yet to come. Look at verses 19 and 20 of Psalm 77, I truly believe you will see the most remarkably comforting realization imaginable. We read, "Your way was though the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron." (Psalm 77:19-20, ESV)

Do you see it? Or, rather, do you see what you don't see? Asaph is describing God's presence. It was His path. He walked with them, but you never saw His footprint. Instead, you saw Him guiding the people with Moses and Aaron simply being tools, a rod and a staff if you will, in His hands as He led His people.

This is what God does. He finds a way to give purpose to people in His hands. He didn't send the Israelites on this treacherous path. He led them. Scripture teaches us that He was before them, He was behind them, and He was with them. He truly is the ever present God!

No matter what you are going through today, don't mistake God's place. Though He truly is the King of Kings, He is not detachedly and distractedly watching from a throne. He is the God who leads like a shepherd even though you may never see His presence. He is there.