Recent torrential downpours in northern Israel have broken a 50-year record of rainfall within a two week period, the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS) recently announced. Just since the start of January 2020, the rainfall accumulation in the north has surpassed the month’s average in the region by 140 to 180 percent over the same period last year.

One of the effects of all this rain has been the appearance of waterfalls pouring off the dome-like Golan Heights as illustrated here.

In Psalm 42 one of the sons of Korah writes of his despondency in being unable to come into the house of God: “O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.”

He was speaking about the source of the Jordan near Mount Hermon, describing the deep roaring cataracts and gorges which funnel the flood waters across the Golan after heavy rains. It was as though he was standing under one of the waterfalls with God’s waves breaking over him.

Yet despite feeling as though he was drowning in this deluge of affliction, he looks beyond the waterfall to the top of the rocks towering above him: “hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”