This psalm celebrates the deliverance of God’s people out of their slavery in Egypt, and across the Red Sea into the Promised Land.
VERSE 1. When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of foreign language;
VERSE 2. Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.
Judah became his sanctuary. This was written after Jerusalem had become the location of the sanctuary.
VERSE 3. The sea saw it, and fled. The Jordan was driven back.
The sea … fled. That is, the Red Sea parted.
The Jordan was driven back. That is, the Jordan River parted.
VERSE 4. The mountains skipped like rams, the little hills like lambs.
VERSE 5. What was it, you sea, that you fled? You Jordan, that you turned back?
VERSE 6. You mountains, that you skipped like rams; you little hills, like lambs?
VERSE 7. Tremble, you earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
VERSE 8. who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of waters.
Exodus 17:6. “Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb. You shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
Numbers 20:11. Moses lifted up his hand, and struck the rock with his rod twice, and water came out abundantly. The congregation and their livestock drank.
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