1When Israel came out of Egypt,
Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
2Judah became God’s sanctuary,
Israel His dominion.
3The sea looked and fled,
the Jordan turned back;
4the mountains leaped like rams,
the hills like lambs.
5Why was it, sea, that you fled?
Why, Jordan, did you turn back?
6Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,
you hills, like lambs?
7Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8Who turned the rock into a pool,
the hard rock into springs of water.
The deliverance of Israel out of Egypt gave birth to their nation, which were then founded, then formed; that work of wonder ought therefore to be had in everlasting remembrance. God gloried in it, in the preface to the Ten Commandments, and Hosea 11:1, "Out of Egypt have I called My Son." In this psalm it is celebrated in lively strains of praise; it was fitly therefore made a part of the great Hallelujah, or song of praise, which the Jews were to sing at the close of the Passover-supper.
It must never be forgotten,
I. That they were brought out of slavery (v. 1).
II. That God set up His tabernacle among them (v. 2).
III. That the sea and Jordan were divided before them (v. 3, 5).
IV. That the earth shook at the giving of the law, when God came down on Mount Sinai (v. 4, 6, 7).
V. That God gave them water out of the rock (v. 8).
In singing this Psalm we must acknowledge God's power and goodness in what He did for Israel, applying it to the much greater work of wonder, our Redemption by Christ, and encouraging ourselves and others to trust in God.