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1 When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;

2 Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.

3 The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.

4 The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.

5 What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?

6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs?

7 Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;

8 Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.

Commentary for Psalms 114

An exhortation to fear God.

- Let us acknowledge God's power and goodness in what he did for Israel, applying it to that much greater work of wonder, our redemption by Christ; and encourage ourselves and others to trust in God in the greatest straits. When Christ comes for the salvation of his people , he redeems them from the power of sin and Satan, separates them from an ungodly world, forms them to be his people, and becomes their King. There is no sea, no Jordan, so deep, so broad, but, when God's time is come, it shall be divided and driven back. Apply this to the planting the Christian church in the world. What ailed Satan and his idolatries, that they trembled as they did? But especially apply it to the work of grace in the heart. What turns the stream in a regenerate soul? What affects the lusts and corruptions, that they fly back; that prejudices are removed, and the whole man becomes new? It is at the presence of God's Spirit. At the presence of the Lord, not only mountains, but the earth itself may well tremble, since it has lain under a curse for man's sin. As the Israelites were protected, so they were provided for by miracles; such was that fountain of waters into which the flinty rock was turned, and that rock was Christ. The Son of God, the Rock of ages, gave himself to death, to open a fountain to wash away sins, and to supply believers with waters of life and consolation; and they need not fear that any blessing is too great to expect from his love. But let sinners fear before their just and holy Judge. Let us now prepare to meet our God, that we may have boldness before him at his coming.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 114

  • Afolabi peter
    Awesome God we serve.
  • Sims
    God is irresistible. He exacts Himself and things happen, in the case of this Psalm, the events therein taking place, we should just appreciate be in awe of His majesty...tremble and be fear Him.
  • Take this literally. It occurs during big earthquakes. It does so that geography of a place needs re-drawing.
  • R Joel
    The god word speaks about giving our body His kingdom is his hands and how problems which may look like a mountain very strong and sea Wide will be solved. Let this be our prayer Lord I lay my body to you, let you be the ruler "
  • Dorothy etuk
    I pray that the young people will also read this portion of the bible.
  • Issak
    This is a psalm that shows the power of The Lord over oceans and mountains it shows that the natural elements that obey the laws of physics, at the presence of The Lord the natural elements go against their own nature,... the fire don 't burn , the water loose its properties, and the mountains tremble........!

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When God turned rock into water, this episode involved which Old Testament figure?
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