As I was commanded.
As I prophesied,
There was a noise,
Bone to its bone.”
Ezekiel recalled what happened next. He prophesized as he had been told by Yahweh. Then as he was in the middle of his prophesy, a sudden noise like the rattling of bones happened. The dry bones came together against each other. The dry bones began to rock and roll with a loud noise.
“When the waters saw you!
When the waters saw you,
They were afraid.
The very deep trembled.
The clouds poured out water.
The skies thundered.
Your arrows flashed on every side.
The crash of your thunder
Was in the whirlwind.
Your lightnings lit up the world.
The earth trembled.
The earth shook.
Your way was through the sea.
Your path was through the mighty waters.
Your footprints were unseen.
You led your people like a flock
By the hand of Moses and Aaron.”
This psalm ends with a remembrance of the power and presence of Yahweh when he was with Moses and Aaron. He recalled the power of God in the storms. He remembered how Yahweh had helped his people get out of Egypt. These themes were captured in this ancient hymn to God. The waters were afraid of God, as if the waters had feelings of trembling before God. The lightnings in the sky were the arrows of Yahweh. The thunder was his voice. The earth trembled, much like the waters. The earth shook. However, he led his people by way of the great sea so that they were no footprints left behind. He led his people like a flock of sheep through the hands of Moses and Aaron. Notice that Aaron is considered the equivalent to Moses here.
‘It is my grief
That the right hand of the Most High has changed.’
I will call to mind the deeds of Yahweh.
I will remember your wonders of old.
I will meditate on all your work.
I will muse on your mighty deeds.
Your way is holy!
What god is as great as our God?
You are the God who works wonders.
You have displayed your might among the peoples.
With your strong arm
You redeemed your people,
The descendents of Jacob and Joseph.”
Asaph, the psalmist, admitted that he was full of grief. He felt that God had changed his right hand over him. Thus he recalled the great works of God that he had performed for him in the good old days. He meditated on his great deeds. There was no other god like his God, who worked wonders. He had redeemed his people with a strong arm. His people were the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Notice the mention of Joseph, which is rare. This section ends with the meditative musical interlude pause of Selah.