posted by Bethel Communications | Feb 19, 2021

Show Notes

Join Sarah as she opens Exodus 15 and reflects on Israel who experiences God’s epic deliverance and bursts out in song to the God who saves. How can we reflect on our own deliverance in praise?
Scripture: Exodus 15


It’s great to be back here with you today!  This is Sarah Landon and we’re going to crack open our Bibles to Exodus 15.  In fact, if you haven’t read it yet: hit pause and go read it now.  It’s worth it.

Before we jump into the text, I want to help you grasp the proportions of what just happened.  A mass of humanity, maybe even two million people, were enslaved for generations.  The lowest in their society: beaten, killed, oppressed.  And in the span of probably two months they discover God has heard them and will deliver them and over the course of a night, they’ve fled their homes, packed up their kids and their livestock and they’re LEAVING!  Maybe even two million people!  That’s more people than live in Eastern Washington all together.  It would’ve been like multiple states during the civil war having all of their slaves just gone.  They dropped their work, grabbed their families and left as the Egyptians wept in their homes.  

Israel gets out into the desert and camps out by the Red Sea only to be pinned in by Pharaoh’s army.  The sea miraculously parts, they flee between the walls of water and Pharaoh’s army is swallowed up before their very eyes.  Talk about a rollercoaster of emotions.  And all of this is so unmistakably God’s doing.  

They suffer, they hope, they run, they fear for their lives, they escape, they are saved and free. 

Wow.  Just wow.  If you were going to use epic to describe a part of the Bible, this would be it. 
And here we land in Exodus 15.  The first recorded song in the Bible.  In fact, it is littered with cross-references in the Bible to the Psalms, prophets, Old Testament, New Testament.  The words and heart of this song echo through God’s people even today.  It is the heart cry of a people who see the power and victory that comes through the Lord.  

“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
    the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
2 The Lord is my strength and my song,
    and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
    my father's God, and I will exalt him.
3 The Lord is a man of war;
    the Lord is his name.

Through this experience, Moses knows God in a new way; fears, respects, and loves him in a new way.  And this song is a way not only to show God his gratitude, but also to celebrate with his people, to spread the reputation of God throughout the land, but also to remember.

I know too often in my life, God has answered my prayer, and I move almost instantly to the next thing.  Check, ok, moving on.  Moses’ song convicts me to stop, remember, reflect, celebrate, and share God’s victory in my life.

No, I’m not going to burst into song.  You’re welcome. But I did take a moment to make a list of 10 things God has delivered me from.  

Let’s look at the first two lines Miriam sang with her Israelite sisters:

“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;

    the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.”

So take that first line and then fill in ten ways the Lord has triumphed gloriously in your life. I’m guessing none of them have to do with horses or riders being thrown into the sea.

Just writing it down was an encouragement for me.  Maybe for you it’s physical healing, a restored relationship, a changed heart, provision in a time of need, or unlikely circumstances coming together.  All of those are on my list.

Take a few minutes.  Right now.  No really, do it before you move on to the next thing.  Celebrate what God has done in your life, for he has triumphed gloriously.  But first let’s pray.

Lord, “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?  Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? You are my strength and my song, my salvation.  Let your praise be on my lips as I remember your victory in my life.  Amen.

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