Psalm 114:  Tremble O Earth, At the Presence of the Lord

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the God of Jacob,  Who turned the rock into a standing water, The flint into a fountain of waters.  Psalm 114:7, 8

The Wonders of the Exodus

 

Psalm 114 celebrates Israel’s deliverance from Egypt.  The psalmist sees in the miracles of the Exodus God’s mastery of all nature.  There is a light, lively spirit to this poem that balances the heavier pacing and stronger theology of the first song of deliverance in Exodus 15.  This poem is recited with Psalm 113 at Passover before the dinner is served.

 114:1, 2 The newly freed slaves left Egypt still refusing the strange language of their long-term captors.  With this slight, Israel affirmed that true values in life were not to be found in the “glories of Egypt,” but in the presence of the Lord.  Sanctuary:  This verse the NT sense of God living among His people rather than in a shrine (Ezek. 37:26, 27; 2 Cor. 6:16-18).

When Israel went out of Egypt, The house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 2  Judah became His sanctuary, And Israel His dominion.

114:3-6 The sea and the Jordan, the mountains and the hills, all appear as frightened animals before the awesome presence of the Lord, who is not mentioned until v. 7.

3  The sea saw it and fled; Jordan turned back. 4  The mountains skipped like rams, The little hills like lambs. 5  What ails you, O sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you turned back? 6  O mountains, that you skipped like rams? O little hills, like lambs?

114:8 God not only delivered His people from Egypt, He also provided for their needs by bringing water from a rock (Ex. 17; Num. 20).  Water was a physical blessing, but also a spiritual symbol of His salvation.

7  Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the God of Jacob, 8  Who turned the rock into a pool of water, The flint into a fountain of waters.

** It will be a glorious day when we celebrate our deliverance from the rulers of this world.  They are strange people who speak strange things.  Their intent is our enslavement.  Let us remember Exodus.  God spoke of it many times throughout the Bible – not to brag about what He did, but to let us know that He is coming for us.  The fight is His.

Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28


The Wonders of the Exodus

114 1  When Israel went out of Egypt, The house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 2  Judah became His sanctuary, And Israel His dominion. 3  The sea saw it and fled; Jordan turned back. 4  The mountains skipped like rams, The little hills like lambs. 5  What ails you, O sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you turned back? 6  O mountains, that you skipped like rams? O little hills, like lambs? 7  Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the God of Jacob, 8  Who turned the rock into a pool of water, The flint into a fountain of waters.