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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe



Today’s Readings:

Psalm 114

Exodus 15:19-21

Matthew 6:7-15

“When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language; Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion. The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back. The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs. What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? Thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back? Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs? Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob; Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.” (Psalm 114: 1-8 AKJV)


Psalm 114 is directly related to the Exodus (Ex. 12-14). It recalls God’s reaction to the captivity of Israel in Egypt in order to honour His promises in the Adamic Covenant (Gen. 28:13-17) which was given to Jacob. The God of Jacob inhibits Israel (vv. 1-2); the God of Jacob intimidates Nature for Israel’s sake (vv. 3-6); and the God of Jacob’s appearance automatically invites trembling (vv. 7-8).

Judah/Israel, Judah/Benjamin and the other northern ten tribes individually became his sanctuary and dominion (v. 2). He dwelt amongst his people as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Ex. 13:21-22; 14:19). He performed two significant miracles at the Exodus of his people (v. 3). On their way out of Egypt He parted the Red Sea (Ex 14:15-31); and 40 years later, He parted the Jordan River for the Israelites to enter the Promised Land (Jos 3:1-17). And verse 4 refers to the violent appearance of God to Israel at Sinai (Ex. 19:18; Judges 5:4-5; Ps 68:17-18).

In poetic imagery, God questioned why the most fixed geographical features (water and mountains) could not resist His power and will (vv. 5-6). The only reaction of helpless nature before Omnipotent God, is to tremble. Even with all our great technology, the seas, rivers and mountains still present us with formidable challenges. But before God who controls nature and the universe, they are nothing. The glory and greatness of God are far more awesome than the natural wonders that we can see in the mountain peak and the power of the ocean wave. Man, nature and all creations tremble at the presence of God when they all recognised His complete power and authority which cannot be compared to our frailty (vv. 5-7).

This is the God whom we serve – the God of Jacob! Who then says God cannot deliver us from our oppressors or save us from our present plight. Even at the mention of the Name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, even Satan trembles before Him. God will definitely come to our rescue in this nation at His own timing, whether the devil likes it or not. It shall not end by what we are seeing but by the Word and promises of God that He will come to our plight. Whatever you are passing through, as individuals, as family, as body of Christ, as nation, the God of Jacob will suddenly appear to rescue us from our captors and oppressors. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Let us stubbornly hold on to the Lord, encourage ourselves in the Lord, be strong in our faith, and be strong in the power of His might. PEACE!




  1. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.

  2. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits;

  3. Bless the Lord, O my soul, O Lord my God, thou are very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

  4. O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

  5. Thank you, God of Jacob for You are our God, in You do we put our trust, in Jesus’ name.

  6. Thank you, God of Jacob for the deliverance and salvation of our nation, in Jesus’ name.

  7. Father, let Your kingdom be done here on earth as it is done in heaven, in Jesus’ name.

  8. The God of Jacob has taken over the situations in our nation Nigeria, in Jesus’ name.

  9. Father, unite the body of Christ with your mighty power that the Gospel of Truth may be preached in love and harmony to the end of the earth, in Jesus’ name.

  10. Lord sooth the pains of Your people that cry to You day and night without ceasing, in Jesus’ name.

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