1 When Israel came out of Egypt, Jacob from a people of foreign tongue, 2 Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel his dominion. 3 The sea looked and fled, the Jordan turned back; 4 the mountains leaped like rams, the hills like lambs. 5 Why was it, sea, that you fled? Why, Jordan, did you turn back? 6 Why, mountains, did you leap like rams, you hills, like lambs? 7 Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, 8 who turned the rock into a pool, the hard rock into springs of water.
This psalm celebrates the exodus of Israel from Egypt. The sea, the river, the mountains, and the hills all made way for the people of God as they marched in triumph. Even the rocks became Israel’s servants and gave them water to drink. God brings us out (v. 1), takes us through (v. 3), and leads us over (v. 4). This Psalm is so powerful as it shows just how much God is at work and makes a way for His people. When we are following Him, no obstacle can keep us from the goal He has set for us, except our sin and unbelief. When we are in the will of God, all of creation works for us to accomplish God’s purposes. In all of this we need to see God at work and that means Him having dominion – leadership in our lives! (v.2). Now is the time to lift our eyes and see the Lord in His mercy and power at work in our lives!
Father, help me to be Your servant and so see Your hand at work in making a way where there is no other way like you did for Israel!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta