Then Moses and the children of
sang this song to the LORD,
and spoke, saying: Israel
“I will sing to the LORD,
For He has triumphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!” (
Singing plays an important role in Christian worship. We are commanded in
Ephesians 5:19 to be, “speaking to one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in
your heart to the Lord….” As we reflect on God’s glorious nature and
recall His great works, then a song of praise and thanksgiving forms in our
heart, and bursts from our lips. That is
what happened to Moses and the children of . Israel
We note THE THEME of the song (
Ex.15:1-2a). Moses directs us to consider who God is: our
strength, our song and our salvation.
The Hebrews were hopeless to escape Egyptian slavery—it would require a
miracle—and that is what God provided!
No wonder they broke forth into singing about the supernatural strength
they had witnessed. We serve this same
mighty God! He became their song—the
source, substance and sum of their singing.
It is sad when so much “Christian” music today is about us—the style and
substance focused on how it makes us feel, when God’s glory is what true worship
is all about. God saved the children of from
their wretched state, and Gospel songs declare the salvation we have
experienced and offer it to those yet in sin’s shackles. Israel
This leads us to hear THE TESTIMONY in the song (
Ex.15:2b-12). Their song was a passionate expression of
witness to the Lord’s wonderful work.
How could they suppress this song?
It was as volcanic fire building up inside them that erupted with
flowing words of praise. If we have
meditated on God’s attributes and contemplated God’s activity, then we also
will bear testimony in song. We want the whole world to hear! This is our God, worthy of praise! He breaks the power of the enemy—“O victory
in Jesus!” How great and how good He
is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness,
Fearful in praises, doing wonders?” ( Ex.15:11).
Fundamentally, we are to grasp THE TRUTH from the song (
Ex.15:13-21). I’m glad we don’t know the tempo—some would
say it’s too fast or too slow. Nor do we
know the tune, and I’m glad, for some would say it’s pitched too high or too
low. All these arguments concerning
classic or contemporary, hymns or choruses, using hymn books or video screens,
playing organs or guitars have little significance compared to the main purpose
of worship music—and that is to clearly communicate the truth of Scripture as
to who God is, what He has done, and how we may relate to Him. Doctrine is indelibly engraved on our heart
when it is expressed lyrically. I have
heard old songs that ought to be put on the shelf and never sung again. I have heard new songs that ought not be sung
the first time. There is not a thimble
full of doctrine in them! Truth has the
power to stir us emotionally—Miriam and the women beat tambourines as they danced
for joy! Let us be swept away by the
glory, greatness and goodness of God. If
we aren’t excited about Him, then how can we claim to know Him? Heaven is filled with music. Are you going?