“The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” (Exodus 15:2, NKJV)
It’s been quite some time since my last post, but seeing an old friend in concert for the first time in many years inspired me to sit down and write.
It had been a difficult escape. Ten plagues, Passover lambs and a Red Sea crossing later, Moses found himself, along with all Israel, on the other side of the sea. Pharaoh’s army had just drowned, being crushed by collapsing waves into a watery grave.
It was the aftermath of a great conflict between light and darkness, good and evil, truth and lies, the Spirit and the flesh, life and death. Now the LORD had delivered them and put Pharaoh forever behind them. But who could boast? It wasn’t their knowledge that had triumphed. It wasn’t their military skill or diplomacy. It wasn’t even their righteousness, for the people had murmured and complained the entire way. It was clearly the LORD who saved them, and there was nothing left to do but to sing a song of praise.
“The Lord is my strength and song.” We have often thought of the Lord as being a mighty fortress, a strong tower, or our Rock, but have we thought of Him as a song? If He is a song, then what song is He? How do we sing Him? On this day He was a victory song—a song of overwhelming praise and gratitude.
“He has become my salvation.” Is this not a beautiful picture of Jesus, whose name means “Yahweh is salvation?” God, who appeared in the flesh to redeem us from our sins.
“He is my God.” There is something so endearing and intimate in this. He isn’t merely the far-off Creator of the universe, but He is my God—the One I trust; the One I seek; my protector and provider, my guide through the maze of life.
“And I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” Here in the aftermath of the destruction of their enemies and the promise of the future, Moses couldn’t help but praise and exalt God Almighty. It was the least he could do.
Has the Lord brought you through a Red Sea? Has He parted the waves of impossibility to deliver you from your enemy and bring you into His arms of infinite love? Has He whispered into your ear beautiful promises of His grace? Then there is nothing to do but to praise and exalt Him. It’s the least we can do.
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