P S A L M S
The deliverance of Israel out of Egypt gave birth
to their church and 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 Hos. xi.
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 wont to sing at the close of the passover-supper. It must
never be forgotten, I. That they were brought out of slavery,
ver. 1. II. That God set up
his tabernacle among them, ver.
2. III. That the sea and Jordan were divided before
them, ver. 3, 5. IV. That
the earth shook at the giving of the law, when God came down on
Mount Sinai, ver. 4, 6,
7. V. That God gave them water out of the rock,
ver. 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 in the greatest straits.