Sermon Quotes: "Easter and Exodus"
“All who have known the enveloping pressure of a dark mood can be grateful for the candor of this fellow-sufferer, but also for his courage.” Derek Kidner
“On a calm, trouble free-day, the answer to the questions in verses 7-9 would be obvious, but, in this apparently prolonged period of soul-destroying adversity, the psalmist can ask the questions but, on the basis of experience cannot venture a sure answer.” Alec Motyer
“By the end of the Psalm the pervasive ‘I’ has disappeared, and the objective facts of the faith have captured all his attention and all of ours.” Derek Kidner
“Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the divine theophany at the Red Sea in the presentation of Psalm 77 is that Yahweh although present, went unseen…The psalmist implies that God’s presence and power are always without question, yet his purposes and ways are sometimes hidden to his people…Even in the most magnificent of God’s revelations, he remains profoundly hidden.” Dennis Tucker and Jamie Grant
"God moves in a mysterious way,His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take, The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break in blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face.
Blind unbelief is sure to err, And scan his work in vain:
God is his own interpreter, And He will make it plain." William Cowper
“Asaph remembers the plagues, the Exodus, the crossing of the Red Sea, the way God led his people ‘by the hand of Moses and Aaron’ (Ps. 77:13-20). Christians have all the more to remember. As Asaph remembered the Exodus by reading Scripture, so we have even more Scripture. We remember not only all that Asaph remembered, but things he did not know: the Exile, the return from exile, the long years of waiting for the coming of the Messiah. We remember the Incarnation, the years of Jesus life and ministry, his words and mighty deeds. Above all, we remember his death and resurrection…And as we remember, our faith is strengthened, our vision of God is renewed, and the despair lifts.” Don Carson