Psalms 78:14

14 God led them with the cloud by day; by the lightning all through the night.

Psalms 78:14 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 78:14

In the daytime also he led them with a cloud
Which was in the form of a pillar, and went before them, and the Lord in it, and directed their way, and protected them from heat; see ( Exodus 13:21 Exodus 13:22 ) ( Nehemiah 9:12 Nehemiah 9:19 ) this was typical of Christ, who is a shadow and security from the heat of a fiery law, the flaming sword of justice, the wrath of God, which is poured forth like fire, the fiery darts of Satan, and from hurt by any enemy whatever; see ( Isaiah 4:5 Isaiah 4:6 ) ( 25:4 ) , and who leads his people through the wilderness of this world by his Spirit, by his word, and by his own example; and who is the best and safest guide to follow:

and all the night with a light of fire;
which also was in the form of a pillar, and went before them, and gave light in the night, and the Lord was in it; and this also was typical of Christ, who is the light of his people amidst all their darkness in this world.

Psalms 78:14 In-Context

12 But God performed wonders in their ancestors' presence— in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 God split the sea and led them through, making the waters stand up like a wall.
14 God led them with the cloud by day; by the lightning all through the night.
15 God split rocks open in the wilderness, gave them plenty to drink— as if from the deep itself!
16 God made streams flow from the rock, made water run like rivers.