[Psalms 114:1] WHEN ISRAEL WENT OUT OF EGYPT, THE HOUSE OF JACOB FROM A PEOPLE OF STRANGE LANGUAGE;
The Israelites came out of Egypt but they had absorbed Egyptian influences.
[Psalms 114:2] JUDAH WAS HIS SANCTUARY, AND ISRAEL HIS DOMINION.
Judah and "Israel" (the Ten Tribes) were in some repects separate from the beginning.
They had separate destinies and different characters.
Judah was to be known as the Keeper of the Law and to some degree or other dedicated to the Service of the Almighty.
ISRAEL HIS DOMINION. In Hebrew this may be interpreted as saying:
Israel will HIS means of governing.
Through the Ten Tribes the Almighty wished to exert HIS will in the world and civilize the heathen.
This is discussed in our book,
"Role to Rule. The Task of Joseph"
[Psalms 114:3] THE SEA SAW IT, AND FLED: JORDAN WAS DRIVEN BACK.
When the Israelites came out of Egypt the Red Sea divided before them and allowed them to go through.
They received the Torah on Mount Sinai but sinned shortly afterwards and had to wander in the Wilderness for forty years.
After that they came to the Land of Canaan whiuch they were commanded to conquer.
The River Jordan also split asunder before them as described in the Book of Joshua chapter three.
The River Jordan in Ancient Times was vastly wider that it is at present as we have explained elsewhere.
[Psalms 114:4] THE MOUNTAINS SKIPPED LIKE RAMS, AND THE LITTLE HILLS LIKE LAMBS.
[Psalms 114:5] WHAT AILED THEE, O THOU SEA, THAT THOU FLEDDEST? THOU JORDAN, THAT THOU WAST DRIVEN BACK?
[Psalms 114:6] YE MOUNTAINS, THAT YE SKIPPED LIKE RAMS; AND YE LITTLE HILLS, LIKE LAMBS?
SKIPPED: Hebrew "tirkidu" from the root "RoKeD" meaning "dance, shake".
Perhaps this is the source of the English word "rock" in the sense of move back and forth?
There is a Hebrew word "RAIK" meaning empty.
From this we get the Hebrew "raikah" meaning a worthless person.
In English we have "rake" meaning a wastrel or loose-living male.
[Psalms 114:7] TREMBLE, THOU EARTH, AT THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD, AT THE PRESENCE OF THE GOD OF JACOB;
[Psalms 114:8] WHICH TURNED THE ROCK INTO A STANDING WATER, THE FLINT INTO A FOUNTAIN OF WATERS.
God gave Israel water in the Wilderness from a flint mountain (Exodus 17:6 Numbers 20: 7-11 Deuteronomy 8:15). God can help us any way He wishes and we may see HIS help in many ways.
Sometimes when we need money or other forms of assistance we receive it from the most unexpected and improbable sources. At other times when we have very little it stretches a very long way and way beyond what we would normally expect.