I have been teaching through the book of Exodus this year on Wednesday nights. Recently, I taught on Exodus 15. Most Bibles give this chapter the summary heading, Israel’s Song or Moses’ Song. Indeed, the bulk of the chapter captures the song that Moses and Israel sang as they came through the Red Sea.
The song captures well Israel’s emotion as they experienced God’s deliverance. The fact that they sang a song unto the Lord is an important lesson.
Don’t forget to sing! Some may protest that they are not singers, but as ones delivered by God, we all should sing. OK, maybe you are really not a singer, but at least we all should regularly and routinely shout our praise to the Lord. Remember the story of the ten lepers in Luke 17. Ten men sought Jesus for healing, but only one returned to praise Him for the healing. I want to always be numbered among the “one” not the “nine.”
Incidentally, so far as I see it, Exodus 15 is the first hymn in history. At the end of the Bible, in Revelation 15, John gives us one of his many glimpses of the worship in heaven. We are told in verse 3, “They sang the song of God’s servant Moses and the song of the Lamb.”
That leads us to the next lesson in Exodus 15. Don’t forget the Song! As you examine the contents of the Song of Moses in Exodus 15, there are a number of things that stand out in the lyrics. The emphasis of the song is solely on the Lord and His works. They sing specifically, “Lord, who is like you, glorious in holiness.” (v.11) Their song looks to the future and their trust in His future protection and provision.
But, then, we come to verse 22.Three days beyond the miracle at the Red Sea and Israel has been walking in the wilderness without finding water. Instead of singing the Song of Moses, or at least remembering the words of the hymn, they grumbled.
The song “Even If” by Mercy Me captures the scene well. One line goes: “It’s easy to sing when there’s nothing to bring me down, but what will I say when I’m held to the flame like I am right now?”
Sooner or later, we all come to a place called Marah. (Exodus 15:23) But, for every Marah, there is Yahweh Rophe, the God who heals.” (Exodus 15:26) So, when we find ourselves at Marah, trust Yahweh Rophe’s character.
AND, Don’t forget the words of the songs you have been singing!