Catechesis Notes for the Week —Psalm 114—A Meditation on the Exodus out of Egypt—The Exodus of the children of Israel out of Egypt and the Lord’s faithfulness to them in providing for them in the wilderness is a paradigm for how He has given salvation to His Church and continues to provide for us today. Unbelievers have a “strange language” that conflicts with the language of faith and trust in the Lord. We need to immerse ourselves in God’s Word through which He makes His sanctuary and dwelling place among us. As His Word caused the Red Sea to part, turned back the waters of the Jordan River, and faithfully led them throughout their pilgrimage, so the Lord is present and leading us wherever the Gospel is faithfully taught, and the Sacraments of Christ are faithfully administered. Psalm 114 extols the presence of the Lord with His people. Though the unbelieving nations don’t recognize His presence among us, His presence nevertheless terrifies them and causes them to tremble. Jesus is the rock of our salvation! He is present with His Church for our protection and deliverance. He gives us to drink of the water of life, so that we never thirst again. Blessed be the name of the Lord.