1 When Israel was going forth
from out of Egypt’s land,
and Jacob’s house from foreign tongues
they could not understand,
2 to be God’s holy dwelling place,
God’s choice on Judah fell,
and there as God’s dominion took
God’s chosen Israel.
3 The sea beheld and fled away;
the Jordan stopped its flow.
The mountains skipped like rams; the hills
like lambs skipped to and fro.
4 O sea, why did you run away?
O Jordan, why turn tide?
You mounts and hills, like rams and lambs,
why leap on every side?
5 O tremble, earth, before the Lord;
the God of Jacob fear;
God made the rock a water pool,
the stone a fountain clear.
|First Line:||When Israel was going forth|
|Title:||When Israel Was Going Forth (Psalm 114)|
|Topic:||God's Covenant with Israel; Sovereignty of God|
|Arranger:||Alfred V. Fedak (2012)|
|Source:||Kentucky Harmony, 1816|
|Copyright:||Arr. © 2012 Alfred V. Fedak|
The events described in Psalm 114 form the essential elements of Israel’s story: exodus, provision in the wilderness, entry into the promised land. These events were all the result of God’s sovereignty, which not only amazes human beings but also evokes awe from creation.