If context sharpens the contrast of a message, then Psalm 42 just became more vivid. The Psalm was supposed to have been written in the area of the breathtaking Banias Waterfall in the northernmost region of Israel. It says
Therefore I remember Thee from the land of the Jordan, and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep at the sound of They waterfalls; all Thy breakers and Thy waves havae rolled over me. (Psalm 42:6-7)
The is the largest waterfall in all of Israel and truly a beautiful area. It was here, in the area that was called Caesarea Philipi, that Jesus asked his disciples, “Who to people say the Son on Man is?” Simon Peter answered correctly, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:13-20). So this was one of the places where Jesus was pleased with Peter. I like to think that Peter remembers that moment even more than the beautiful waterfalls.
I will be there on Saturday 6/2/07 and will write more of my personal impressions. [add edit 6/11/07: Sadly, this beautiful and lush area was built out of dissatisfaction with God’s gift. The tribe of Dan received the land on the coast (Joshua 19:40), around Caesarea, but they took it upon themselves to go way up north and captured the peaceful people of Lashem and settled it for themselves. Later, King Rehoboam twisted the form of worship to include heathen altars (I Kings 12-13). This picture taken last week shows a reproduction of where God’s altar stood, but just above it is were the heathen altar was located. It looks innocent and the seed of selfishness may take decades to manifest its full fruit, but when worship is divided and the heart becomes devisive, God’s blessings are lost as was this tribes lineage.]