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We Went Chasing Waterfalls

We went chasing waterfalls

After online church last Sunday some family and friends decided to chase some waterfalls nearby. The climb was very steep, and my shoes were slick so I couldn’t make it all the way up the trail leading to the top of the falls.

Slick shoes, yea that’s right. It was the shoes. Well, that is what I’m going to say.

Between you and I, the Bald Believer is a little out of shape, slick shoes aside.

I stopped to sit on a rock amid the falls and listen to the sound of God’s creation console me for being such a wimp.

Are waterfalls mentioned in my Bible?

I pulled out my phone and consulted with my Bible app. I went chasing waterfalls in the Word. Are they there?

Yes, I believe they are, in Psalm 42 they are called “waterspouts”.

Psalm 42:7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: All thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

The Psalmist compares both the sound of water crashing down from a high waterfall and the noise of the raging ocean waves to the threats that are surrounding him.

Where I sit it is loud, the sound of the water. I can barely hear anything else beneath these falls. I don’t hear birds singing or people talking. For me, the loudness brings tranquility and transmits a message of God’s love but imagine if the communication the water conveyed was threatening, it would be terrifying. What is speaking so loudly? Is it an enemy spewing out intimidating words? Is it possible these voices are coming from within the Psalmist himself? The Bible doesn't say, it only tells us that the Psalmist is overwhelmed by the noise.

The Psalmist is in danger and certainly scared but there is a treasure hid within the falls. They belong to the creator. He calls them “thy” waterspouts. They are his waves.

Psalm 42:7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: All thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

Knowing that his fate was in the hands of his good God helped the Psalmist declare with confidence the next two verses.

Psalm 42:8–9
8 Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night his song shall be with me, And my prayer unto the God of my life. 9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

These falls are yours Lord and because they are yours, their sound speaks to me saying that my circumstances are in your hands and under your sovereign control.

Death itself is no different, I know that you have conquered death and it too must submit to you. Help me to live with the courage that knowledge should instill within me.

I am reminded today that the one who made these falls never fails.

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