Meditation: Exodus 15

Reading: Exodus 15:1-19

“Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the LORD.”  The first word “then” links this song with the events in chapter 14. Moses is so overwhelmed by God’s great deeds that he composes a song of praise, teaches it to the Israelites and together they sing to God’s glory on the shore of the Red Sea. The Bible teaches that singing is an important part of worship when we thank God for His deeds. The angels sang at creation (Job 38:7). When Israel defeats Jabin and Sisera, Deborah and Barak sing praises to the Lord. Many psalms are also songs of praise and thanksgiving. They were sung in the temple by Israel. When Jesus Christ was born, the shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem heard beautiful singing “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’ ” (Luke 2:13-14).

Revelation records that angels and creatures in heaven sing praises to God and Jesus Christ. “And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Rev 5:9). In Revelation 15:3 the believers in heaven “sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb”. In Revelation 14:3 we learn that in eternal life we will sing before the throne of God and Jesus Christ.

Paul instructs the church in Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Key text: Ex 15:1 “I will sing to the LORD, for He has triumphed gloriously!”

Question: List some of the deeds for which God is praised by Moses and Israel in their song (Exodus 15:1-19).