Sunday, March 20, 2011

Exodus 15:1-21 NASB

"I will sing to the LORD (Hebrew, YAH), for He is highly exalted... The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation;  This is my God, and I will praise Him...I will extol Him... The LORD is His name... Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power, your right hand shatters the enemy.  And in the greatness of your excellence you overthrow those who rise up against you... Who is like you among the gods, O LORD?  Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders?  ...In your loving-kindness you have led the people whom you have redeemed; In your strength you have guided them to your holy habitation... You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of your inheritance, the place, O LORD, which you have made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, O LORD, which your hands have established.  The LORD shall reign forever and ever."

We've all had those moments when, because of a sudden shift in circumstances, our emotions swung from numbing despair to incredible delight. And the greater the despair, the greater the delight. That was the case with the sons of Israel when, with their backs up against the Red Sea, and staring death in the face as Pharaoh's army stormed down on them, all of a sudden the waters part giving them a way of escape. Safe on the other side, they watched as the sea swallowed up the despair.  Can you imagine what they must have felt?  I would have broken out with The Hallelujah Chorus.  Well, they did break out in song; with something akin to the depth of The Hallelujah Chorus, for it demanded no less.  We desperately need a revival of song.  We need a song filled with the richness of deliverance and delight that comes only from the LORD.  These aren't the little ditties we so often hear these days in our churches. No!  These are songs formed on the knowledge of our helplessness and on the awareness of His holiness. Read it again and listen to its richness, its depth and its sense of Divine Reality. The LORD wants to be our strength and song, which wells up from within our inner being because we are so keenly aware of His grace toward us.  This is where our soul says, "Sing to the LORD, for He has triumphed gloriously," (15:21).  O Lord, let me sing again!

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