This psalm resembles Psalm 29, which celebrates God’s revelation. Israel here, refers to the 12 tribes, not just the northern kingdom.
Verse 1 – When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
Verse 2 – Judah became His sanctuary, and Israel His dominion.
If you’ll remember when the Israelites first went to the land of Egypt, it was when Joseph was in charge of all the grain. They flourished until a new Pharaoh arose and Joseph died. The people of God multiplied for four hundred years – and Moses brought them out of a land, of strange language.
Verse 3 – The sea saw it and fled; Jordan turned back (Red Sea divided).
Verse 4 – The mountains skipped like rams, the little hills like lambs (Mount Sinai shook and the very heavens respond to God’s presence).
Verse 5 – What ails you, O sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you turned back?
Verse 6 – O mountains, that you skipped like rams? O little hills, like lambs?
These rhetorical questions, reflects on the majesty our God can cause be His very presence.
Verse 7 – Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
Verse 8 – Who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of waters (Exodus 17:6).
There are so many psalms, like this one, that lets us know, nothing is too hard for our Mighty God! If He can make water come out of a rock which He did twice for the Israelites, then do you not think He can turn a heart of stone towards Him?