Psalm 114 seems like a little psalm. It is about yet again one more aspect of the Israelites' delivery from Egypt. As I have been meditating on the psalms these past years, it seems that there are many psalms or references in psalms about the deliverance from Egypt or their subsequent experiences until safely in the promised land. Psalms 106, 105, and 78 come to mind. Why was it so prominent in the thoughts of the writers of the Scriptures?
In Psalm 111:4 the writer says, "He has made his wonders for a remembrance" (NASB margin). In a certain sense, mankind should love and trust God regardless of His doing miracles or really any sort of sign. After all, He is loving and gracious in Himself. He is eternally that way. They are some of His attributes. But one reason He has done mighty deeds at various points in history is to help His people remember who He is. A wife may know that her husband loves her, but when he brings her a rather expensive bouquet of flowers, she will remember that in a special way, maybe even months after. Maybe in a couple of weeks she is tempted to be mad at him for a decision he has made (that she disagrees with) but when she remembers those flowers she remembers that he loves her and will submit.
How about today? Should Christians constantly remember the Israelites' exodus and the subsequent events? Well, they are recorded in Scripture for our benefit, that we should learn from them. But there is a much greater event that Christians have to remember. In fact, the exodus was only a prelude to this event. Of course, I am referring to the life and work and death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our eternal salvation is wrapped up in this. Sometimes Christians might get tempted to be bored at the Gospel story. There are four Gospels, and all the New Testament refers to Jesus. Do we need to hear it again, some are tempted to think. The Gospel tells of the summation of all God's work in His creation. How could God better show His love and holiness? And God knows that in our lives we need to be reminded again and again. And we can grow in understanding and appreciation. That really is growing in the "solid food" to which the author to the Hebrews refers. Not that we should ever forget or downplay the fundamentals of the Gospel miracles and Christ's work, but that we should grow in worshipping Him as a results of them, and apply them more and more and more deeply to our lives in new ways.
Let us cry out to God for help when we are tempted to not read the Scriptures, or when we think ourselves so "mature" that we do not have to be reminded again about the wonderful work of Christ. May God give us tender hearts to focus on the things He deems so important that He wants to remind us of them again and again.
And what about Psalm 114? It reminds us that the purposes of the Lord with Israel are so important that even the creation itself gets out of the way, so to speak. Seas and mountains and rivers yield as if in fear to the plans of God for His people. It is good to be reminded again.