16 The waters saw you, God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water, the heavens resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked.
19 Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.
20 You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. Psalm 77:16-20
Asaph is describing how the Israelites were able to walk through the Red Sea on dry land. God had absolute control over the elements. Asaph describes the event as though the rain and thunder and lightning and clouds cowered at what they were required to do. The imagery is certainly interesting. But the big picture of these verses is that God was in complete control. When they came to the edge of the water and several hundred thousand people probably wanted to toss Moses in, God was in control. When they walked through and admired the walls of water beside them and the completely dry land they were now walking on, I think they changed their tune. They were literally walking in a miracle.
In fact, they could watch the miracle unfold before walking on the sea bed:
“And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.” Verse 24 says, “And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians.”Exodus 14:21
Every single one of those 2 million people who crossed that night had a fantastic story to tell. They were there; they witnessed the lengthy miracle. Then they saw as the Egyptian soldiers tried to do the same thing and they were flooded. It was a miracle for a specific time and people. Even as the last of the Israelites stepped on to non-Red Sea ground they were probably nervous that the Egyptians would most certainly catch them and take them back into slavery. Even then, the Lord knew what He was doing and had complete control of the situation. The walls of water crushed the soldiers.
The challenges we face today are very different than what the Israelites faced but they’re no less stressful. The timing has to be just right for your “escape” route to be given to you. It may seem like an obvious statement – and I’ve certainly said it before – but the Lord knows what He’s doing in your life. You can trust Him. We can trust His timing to be perfect.