EXODUS 15 IN FOCUS
Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:“I will sing to the Lord,
for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea. 2 “The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Sing a song to the Lord! Oh yes sing a song to the Lord !’The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name 4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his arm he has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaoh’s officers are drowned in the Red Sea. 5 The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone. 6 Your right hand, Lord, was majestic in power. Your right hand, Lord, shattered the enemy.’
In sorrow, sing a song to the Lord. Raise your voice in hymns of praise and petition his Mighty throne and you shall see His mighty power. Just imagine what happened to Paul and Silas 22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.”
Haratio Spafford wrote the famous hymn ‘When peace like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know or saya It is well, it is well, with my soul‘ after he experienced the unimaginable side of life. It ”was written after traumatic events in Spafford’s life. The first was the death of his son at the age of 2 and the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, which ruined him financially (he had been a successful Lawyer and had invested significantly in property in the area of Chicago that was extensively damaged by the great fire). His business interests were further hit by the economic downturn of 1873, at which time he had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the SS Ville du Havre. In a late change of plan, he sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business concerning zoning problems following the Great Chicago Fire. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sea vessel, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford’s daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone …”. Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died.” —From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Praise the Lord with songs and hymns not only in good times but more especially when all odds go against you.
The Israelites saw the mighty power of God. They saw how God could deliver them from all oppressions. They had nothing to offer God than to sing a song of praise and adoration to the Lord I AM. ‘ Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted.’
David could not hide his innermost joy. He wrote ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits,‘
Imagine singing a great song from deep within you early in the morning to your Maker. Just imagine closing your day with a hymn or a song which touches the heart and triggers tears from the eyes! Hymns and songs uplift the soul to it’s Maker! Songs soothes the spirit. Songs invoke patience of the mind, the heart, body and spirit and deepen the peace within. When you sing a song deep from within you, you inspire your body to neglect the storms of life and you look up to the Mighty man Jehovah for His mighty hand.
Songs and hymns have the power to bring down miracles from the throne of God. God said to Joshua ”When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”
Sing a song to the Lord and do not neglect a hymn of praise! Sing a song to the Lord in good and in bad times! Inspire your spirit with a hymn each day and don’t forget to sing a song to end your day! Sing a song to the Lord and experience the true freedom from the Lord. Sing a song to the Lord from deep within you and experience the mighty power of God from deep within Him!
Can you start your day with a song and retire with a hymn?
New International Version (NIV)
A Song of Moses and Miriam
15 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
“I will sing to the Lord,
for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
he has hurled into the sea.
2 “The Lord is my strength and my defense ;
he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
3 The Lord is a warrior;
the Lord is his name.
4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his army
he has hurled into the sea.
The best of Pharaoh’s officers
are drowned in the Red Sea.
5 The deep waters have covered them;
they sank to the depths like a stone.
6 Your right hand, Lord,
was majestic in power.
Your right hand, Lord,
shattered the enemy.
7 “In the greatness of your majesty
you threw down those who opposed you.
You unleashed your burning anger;
it consumed them like stubble.
8 By the blast of your nostrils
the waters piled up.
The surging waters stood up like a wall;
the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.
9 The enemy boasted,
‘I will pursue, I will overtake them.
I will divide the spoils;
I will gorge myself on them.
I will draw my sword
and my hand will destroy them.’
10 But you blew with your breath,
and the sea covered them.
They sank like lead
in the mighty waters.
11 Who among the gods
is like you, Lord?
Who is like you—
majestic in holiness,
awesome in glory,
12 “You stretch out your right hand,
and the earth swallows your enemies.
13 In your unfailing love you will lead
the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them
to your holy dwelling.
14 The nations will hear and tremble;
anguish will grip the people of Philistia.
15 The chiefs of Edom will be terrified,
the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling,
the people[c] of Canaan will melt away;
16 terror and dread will fall on them.
By the power of your arm
they will be as still as a stone—
until your people pass by, Lord,
until the people you bought pass by.
17 You will bring them in and plant them
on the mountain of your inheritance—
the place, Lord, you made for your dwelling,
the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.
18 “The Lord reigns
for ever and ever.”