Sunday, April 24, 2011

Psalm 114

In Praise for the Exodus

Psalm 114 is the second psalm of the Egyptian Hallel and a hymn of praise to God who delivered Israel from Egypt in the Exodus.

Matthew Henry makes this observance:
The deliverance of Israel out of Egypt gave birth to their church and nation.  In this psalm it is celebrated in lively strains of praise; it was fitly therefore made a part of the great Hallelujah, or song or praise, which the Jews were wont to sing at the close of the Passover-supper.  It must never be forgotten: 
  • That they were brought of slavery
  • That God set up His tabernacle among them
  • That the sea and Jordan were divided before them
  • That the earth shook at the giving of the law when God came down at Mt. Sinai
  • That God gave them water out of the rock, which followed them through the dry and sandy deserts
The mountains skipped like rams.
~ Ps. 114:4
Possibly referred to the quaking of Mt. Sinai

Moses brings water out of the rock for the children
of Israel

 "Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink.  For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ."         ~ I Cor. 10:1-5

The same God who provided for those He rescued from Egypt provides equally for the new Israel. As they drank from the rock, so we drink from the Rock of Christ. As they ate the bread of God, so we do the same of the Bread of Life, Jesus Himself.

  • God set His heart on the children of Israel
  • God delivers His people
  • I praise the Lord that He has seen fit to make me one of His chosen ones as well. 

PRAYER: by F.B. Meyer
     Heavenly Father!  You kill and make alive; You bring down to the grave and bring up; You raise up the poor from the dust and lift the needy from despair, to make them sit in heavenly places and inherit the throne of God.  Glory to You, O Most High!

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