We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
Jesus and his disciples probably sang this psalm at the Last Supper. It is the second song of the Passover ceremony, which brings to remembrance and celebrates the central act of redemption under the old covenant of God bringing the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land (Matthew 26:30). We are under the New Covenant now and it is Jesus’ work on the cross and empty tomb, which is the act of redemption that we should constantly remember and celebrate.
Nature is personified (verses 3-6) and is described responding to God’s presence in fear and reverence, obeying his will. The Exodus is described in its completion; not only escape from Egypt through the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21), but also entrance to the Promised Land by the dried riverbed of the Jordan (Joshua 3:13-17). Under the New Covenant we are brought out of our sins by new birth into the promised inheritance of eternal life.
The psalm finishes by telling the whole earth to honour the God of Jacob, God of all creation and to remember how he showed compassion bringing forth water for his thirsty people from a rock sustaining and refreshing them, just as Jesus does for us today (Exodus 17:3-7).
Dear Lord, Thank you that you have rescued us from our sin and we are travelling with you towards our Promised Land. Help us to share your plan of redemption with others we have contact with.