Text: Psa. 114:1-8
“When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language; Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion. The sea saw it and fled: Jordan was driven back. The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs. What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? Thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back? Ye mountains, that ye skipped like ram; and ye little hills, like lambs? Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob; which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.” (King James Version).
General Synopsis of this Psalm
This is a very powerful Psalm of liberation from evil inheritance. It is a Psalm of total liberation from slavery, bondage, and captivity. It is a Psalm of total liberation from Pharaoh and everything that Pharaoh signifies. It is a Psalm of a journey to the promised land. It is a Psalm of the manifest presence of God, a Psalm of miracles, signs and wonders of the Living God. It is also a Psalm of sweatless victories – sweatless victory is a victory in a battle you never really fought, someone else fought the battle and then gave you the victory. It is a Psalm of transformation and comprehensive dominion, no matter where the battle is fought. It is a Psalm of the demonstration of the power of God’s outstretched arm.
A time comes in the life of a believer when the God that made the heavens and earth manifests himself as the Almighty; as the Commander of the armies of heaven, as the Lord of Hosts and as the Lord, strong and mighty. A time comes when God stretches forth his hand to deal summarily with the forces that do not want you to be what God wants you to be. When God steps in to take over the battles of your life, all the things enumerated in this Psalm will begin to happen in your life supernaturally. This is a Psalm of the journey from an evil inheritance to a wonderful inheritance and every word in this Psalm is profitable.
The first word in this Psalm as enunciated by the King James Version is ‘when’. When implies that there is a time – a time when God, out of his sovereign will decides to intervene in the affairs of his children. The Living Bible put it thus, ‘long ago’. Some people read the Bible like a novel oblivious of the fact that there is a time lapse between the first sentence in Genesis 1 verse one and the second verse. The word ‘when’ in this Psalm actually contains a history of 430 years of dwelling in Egypt; over 400 years of bondage!
PRAY:- Heavenly father I worship you. Thank you for the wonderful inheritance you have prepared for me. In your mercy Oh Lord stretch forth your hands and crush all the forces that have held me down. I ask you, guide me through the skillfulness of your hands to my allotted inheritance in Christ in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
TO BE CONTINUED.