Psalm 114 gives more perspective on the history of God and His people and provides reason for us to praise Him. It should be an encouragement to us as we see God at work in mighty ways to save those He loves. As the writer recalls history, we get to see first hand the presence of God in the lives of His children. It was personal and complete. God fulfilled His covenant promise and cared for His people. God led them from the hands of their enemy with mighty power and in absolute triumph over all.
“When Israel went out from Egypt….the sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs”. The victory over the Egyptians was impressive in itself, but consider what God really did as He set His people free. He parted the Red Sea, He stopped the Jordan from flowing, and He controlled the mountain and hills as the people stood at the foot of the mountain as Moses received the Ten Commandments and met with God. There is power in the hands of God.
This psalm is about God’s sovereignty and power at work in His people. God did it then, and He is still equally at work around us today. Today, the Christian community is both God’s sanctuary and His kingdom. We are like the psalmist writes in verse two: “Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion”. We are now a “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation” that Peter writes about in 1 Peter 2:9. God is at work among us in the same way He was when Moses led God’s people from captivity. All powerful, all knowing, and able to do whatever was needed to set His people free.
The psalmist paints a picture of God’s power. “Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water”. The psalmist paints a picture of the earth as trembling at the presence of the Lord. This psalm calls attention to the seas, the rivers, and the mountains moving only in the presence of the Lord. God is in absolute control. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is worthy to be praised. We are called to worship and adore Him based on this history!