…Psalm 114: The Awesome Power of God

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.  1 Chronicles 29:11

Psalm 114 is a short but amazing psalm.  Any attempt to describe God’s Power has failed in comparison to the words of this psalm.  The Spirit of God is behind every work—for the good of all things.  The entering into the ‘promised land’ would prove to be very terrifying for many, especially those who did not put their trust in God as their deliverer.   God displayed His power with the first few steps they took as they began to cross the Jordan on dry ground.

Jesuslightoftheworld_lg Psalm 114  is about Power. It is also known as the “Passover Hymn”,  sung at the beginning of the Passover feast and recalls God’s wonderful deliverance out of the land of Egypt.  There is reference to the crossing of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:13-31) and the crossing of the Jordan ( Joshua 3:1-17).

The deliverance of Israel out of Egypt into God’s Hand was nothing short of  extraordinary.  It is just as remarkable for us today see His Hand on our lives, bringing us out of our bondage and into His protection.  No other historical event was so revered in Israel as their deliverance from Egypt.  That event was the beginning of all He would do for the nation of Israel–for His chosen people.  It expressed the Lord’s purpose, power, their election, and their redemption.  Only God’s presence  with them could explain the behavior of the waters and the mountains. When He brought them out of Egypt and into Canaan, the Red Sea and the Jordan River turned back and the mountains skipped like rams and lambs—they quaked.  All creation recognized and obeyed God the Creator and His will.
Truth for todayBelieving God, faith and trust are the most important attributes we can possess–knowing that we can do nothing in our own strength, and knowing God as our Deliverer and Redeemer will get us through every situation as we surrender to His help.
Psalm 114
1     When Israel went out of Egypt,  the house of Jacob from a people of strange language—
2     Judah became His sanctuary, and Israel His dominion.
3     The sea saw it and fled, the  Jordan turned back.
4     The mountains skipped like rams, the little hills like lambs.
5    What ails you, O sea, that you fled?  O Jordan, that you turned back?
6     O mountains, that you skipped like rams?   O little hills, like lambs?
7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8     Who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of waters.
Read Passage:  Joshua 1:1-9  God’s Commission to Joshua

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you… 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life;  I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law jwhich Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage.  Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 3:   Israel  Crosses the Jordan: The Ark of the Covenant leading

     Then Joshua rose early in the morning… and they set out and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel with him…, and lodged there before they crossed over.   After three days, the officers went through the camp and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it—do not come near it—that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.”

5 And Joshua said to the people, Sanctify 3yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” 6 Then Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over before the people.”  7 And the Lord said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. 8 You shall command the priests ‘When you have come to the edge of the water of the Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan.’ ”

9 So Joshua said to the children of Israel… “By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the [Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Jebusites] 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over before you into the Jordan.

12 Now therefore, take for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man from every tribe. 13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord [the Lord of all the earth] shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, shall stand as a heap.”

14 So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, 15 and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest), 16 that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away…  So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan.,