As pilgrims passed through the beauty of the Judean highlands, the hills were a visible reminder that the Guardian of Israel was none other than the Creator of heaven and earth.
The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord;
And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you; may He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion . . .
As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.
Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.
For He remembered His holy promise, and Abraham His servant. He brought out His people with joy, His chosen ones with gladness.
Pharaoh ultimately released God’s Chosen People. But, God did not ignore the abuse they suffered at the hands of the Egyptians. Israel left with the wealth of Egypt as compensation.
During their tenure in the “land of Ham,” God used the difficulties they endured to not only establish the nation of Israel, but also the strong, vibrant and resilient people we observe living in their ancient homeland today.