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.
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).
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.”
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.”
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.,