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Bible Commentaries

Smith's Writings

Psalms 114

Verses 1-8

PSALM 114

The presence of the Lord in the midst of His people, dealing with every opposition, and meeting every need.

Prophetically the psalm looks on to the time when restored Israel will acknowledge that, as in the past so now, they owe their deliverance and blessing to the presence of the Lord acting in almighty power.

(vv. 1-2) The introductory verses look back to the commencement of Israel's history as separated from the nations. They celebrate the deliverance of God's people from Egypt, as well as the purpose for which they were redeemed. If God set Israel free, it was that He might dwell among, and rule over, His people: that Judah might become “his sanctuary,” and Israel “his dominion” ( Exo_15:17-18 ; Exo_19:6 ).

(vv. 3-4) The verses that follow set forth the mighty power that wrought on behalf of Israel in the days of their former deliverances. At the deliverance from Egypt the Red Sea fled, and thus witnessed to the presence of irresistible power, even as at the end of their journey, at the entrance to the Land, Jordan was driven back. Between the Red Sea and the Jordan, the mountains of the desert had to bear witness to an unseen power when Sinai quaked greatly ( Exo_19:18 ).

(vv. 5-6) What ailed the sea, the river, and the mountains? What mighty power was present from which the sea fled, before which the waters of the river were driven back, and the mountains shook?

(vv. 7-8) Restored Israel calls upon the whole earth to acknowledge it was the presence of the Lord, the God of Israel. He it was who crushed all opposition to His people and met all their needs ( Exo_17:6 ).

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Smith, Hamilton. "Commentary on Psalms 114". "Smith's Writings". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/hsw/psalms-114.html. 1832.