Read: Psalm 114:1; Isaiah 26:8, 46:8 – 9; 1 Corinthians 11:24 – 25; Psalm 143:5; Ephesians 2:11- 13
Psalm 114 is the second of the psalms of the Great Hallel, traditionally sung by Jews at the Passover. It begins by looking back, remembering when Israel went out of Egypt. This remembrance is an example of the importance of remembering the mercies of God and His grace which brought about our deliverance; it is good to remember where we have come from, the One who delivered us, and where He brought us up until now.
Think About It: From what has God delivered me? How has he led me up until now? Do I take time to remember His deliverance and to thank Him accordingly?
Prayer: Thank God for His deliverance, guidance, and provision.
Read: Psalm 114:2; Exodus 25:8; Ezekiel 36:26 – 27; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; Ephesians 2:21 – 22; 1 Peter 2:5
When God called the Israelites out of Egypt, He made them His sanctuary and established His tabernacle in their camp. He brought them out of Egypt that they might serve Him and worship Him. He established the forms and expressions of their religious life.
Think About It: What is God’s “temple” today? What is my obligation to God in light of this?
Prayer: For holiness unto the Lord in my life.
Read: Psalm 114:2; Judges 8:22 – 23; 1 Samuel 8:4 – 9; 1 Timothy 6:14 – 15; Revelation 17:14, 19:16; Acts 4:19, 5:29
When God called Israel out of Egypt, He made them His dominion. He set up His kingdom among them; He gave them their civil law and ruled as their King. God established Israel as a theocracy. He invited their loyalty and obedience.
Think About It: How did Israel respond to the theocracy God offered to them? Who is my king? To whom do I owe allegiance? Am I living in a way consistent with Christ’s kingship?
Prayer: For greater obedience to King Jesus in my life.
Read: Psalm 114:3; Exodus 15:4; Joshua 5:1; Ephesians 4:22 – 24; Colossians 3:7 – 9
Psalm 114:3 recalls two miracles: the dividing of the Red Sea, which occurred at the beginning of the Exodus, and the dividing of the Jordan, which occurred at the entry into Canaan. In both cases the miracles provided deliverance and passage for the Israelites and confounded their enemies – the Egyptians were destroyed and the Canaanite kings were dispirited.
Think About It: How does the miracle of my salvation involve both deliverance and a confounding of enemies?
Prayer: That I might put off the old and put on the new, in Christ.
Read: Psalm 114:4; Habakkuk 3:1- 6; Psalm 68:16 – 17; 1 Kings 19:11 – 12; Matthew 27:50 – 51; Romans 8:18 – 22.
Psalm 114:4 recalls the miracle of the shaking of the mountains and hills, which occurs when God visits the earth with His presence. The earth shook at God’s revelation to Moses on Sinai. The earth shook when God visited with Elijah on the mountain. The earth shook at the completion of Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary.
Think About It: Why does the earth tremble at the presence of the Lord (Romans 8:18 – 22)? What does this imply for human beings? What reason do I have for trembling in God’s presence? What is my only hope as I stand before God (e.g. Ephesians 3:12)?
Prayer: Praise God that though I am unworthy, I can have confidence before Him through Christ.
Read: Psalm 114:5- 7; 2 Corinthians 10:4 – 5
In Psalm 114:5 – 7 the psalmist asks the sea why it fled, the Jordan why it was driven back, and the mountains why they trembled. The answer is “the presence of the Lord.” No natural causes need to be sought for these miracles; they occurred because of the Lord’s presence.
Think About It: How do these questions apply to the planting of Christ’s church in the world? How do these questions apply to the work of God’s grace in my heart?
Prayer: Praise God that His Spirit is mighty to the pulling down of strongholds.
Read: Psalm 114:8; Exodus 17:1 – 7; John 12:24; Acts 11:18; Galatians 4:27; Numbers 11:23; Jeremiah 32:27; Matthew 19:26
Psalm 114:8 refers to another miracle wrought by God’s presence: the water from the rock, a supply both bountiful (a fountain) and secure (standing water) (Exodus 17:1- 7).
Think About It: How are the other miracles referred to in the Scripture passages for today like the miracle of the water from the rock? Where do I need a miracle in my life, right now?
Prayer: Thank God that what is impossible with men is always possible for Him.