"We Went Through Fire And Through Water"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 160

Context: The psalmist, in preparation for an offering, exhorts all nations to praise the Lord resoundingly. God's power is so awesome that His enemies cringe before Him, and all people worship Him, singing His praises. The poet urges his listeners to recall some of the remarkable acts of the Lord; for instance, He opened the waters of the sea for the Israelites to escape from Egyptian oppression; hence, the worshipers rejoice in Him, who eternally reigns over all the world. All nations should praise God for preserving them. The psalmist explains that one phase of the relationship between God and men is His testing or proving of them:

For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.
Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

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