I have found that the Psalms have lined up with current affairs since the year 1900. Over the past 10 years or so I have preached from a Psalm each year and it’s been amazingly accurate. The Psalm for this year is Psalm 114.
When Israel came out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of foreign tongue…
This psalm uses both Israel and Jacob. They refer to the same person, yet they’re different. He started out as Jacob, but his name was changed after an encounter with God. His new name, Israel, literally means conquered by God.
The Lord knows where you’re at. It’s time to go deeper. There’s a call going forth this year for the church to leave Egypt. We’re too much a part of our society. It’s time for us to break from the world.
Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel his dominion.
But the Lord starts where you’re at. Israel is the whole nation. If you’re part of the crowd, then become God’s dominion. We’re not living for ourselves like the world does. We must come under the dominion of the King.
Judah refers to the tribe from whom the kings were chosen. They consistently served the king. There are those who have set apart Christ as Lord. For these believers there’s a further step.
You must become God’s sanctuary. Literally – God’s clean, holy place. It’s one thing to see yourself as owned by God, another to see yourself as His sanctuary.
The sea looked and fled, the Jordan turned back; the mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.
This is the miraculous intervention of God. But it’s not just for survival. This is God’s intervention for a people who are moving forward. God wants to do the miraculous for those who are obedient.
The sea refers to the Red Sea. This was for those who chose to leave Egypt. If you choose to make a break with the world, then God will give you supernatural assistance to do it.
Becoming His sanctuary is crossing the Jordan into the Promised Land. If you want to take that step, then God will supernaturally open up the way.
The key is that you have to take the first step. Israel didn’t wait for the sea to open up before they left Egypt. Then, when they got to the Jordan River, they had to step in before it parted. We need to make the first move by faith.
Then you’ll get to the mountains and hills skipping. That’s the new things that God wants to do once you’ve surrendered to His will.
Why was it, O sea, that you fled, O Jordan, that you turned back, you mountains, that you skipped like rams, you hills, like lambs?
Now a question is asked. Why is God making it as easy as possible for us to obey His call?
It’s getting late; His coming is drawing close. We need to prepare for the final harvest. We’re partying in the house, while the grain is starting to rot in the field.
20 years ago this was largely an anti-spiritual society. The concept of God or miracles was distasteful to the world. Now the entertainment industry is all about magic, vampires, werewolves, zombies, and superheroes.
That’s actually a cry for the supernatural. But the church must wake up to show what’s true. There’s a reason God wants to perform miracles. It’s to bring people to the cross.
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turned the rock into a pool, the hard rock into springs of water.
God wants to get the world’s attention. He does this by bringing the refreshing waters of revival to the church.
It seems like I preach this every year. But that’s because this has been God’s call for many years. Every year revival depends on our response.
It’s time to see the hand of God at work. If we will become God’s dominion, God’s sanctuary, then we will see a miraculous revival in our land.
Question: What does it take to see a revival?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014