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Much of what we are concerned about is what God says to us in the Bible.
But this month, let’s emphasise what we have to say back to God in a series called “Our Response to God.”
Today we are talking about A Song of Praise.
Exodus 15:2 (AMP)
2 “The Lord is my strength and my song, And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
The proper response of humans to the mighty acts of God is praise.
The Israelites sang hymns of praise about God’s mighty deliverance through the sea.
Israel broke out in praise to God.
Our worship experiences need more praise to the Lord.
Today let’s look at the directions of our praise to God.
- Praise God for His wonderful character.
The opening hymn of praise in Exodus 15:1-3 contains Israel’s earliest theology in a concise summary.
Its theme is not the people of the exodus but the God of the exodus.
Exodus 15:1-3 (AMP)
The Song of Moses and Israel
15 Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the Lord, singing,
“I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously;
The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea.
2 “The Lord is my strength and my song,
And He has become my salvation;
This 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.
- The divine names.
When we go through the first three verses we discover the divine names, “Lord”, “my father’s God”, “warrior”.
These divine names give us a disclosure of God’s nature.
When we learn His nature, the response will be praise to the Lord.
B. The divine titles.
The divine names have parallel descriptive titles with them.
“My strength,” “My song,” “My salvation.”
Faced with such a God as this, the writers used verbs of praise, “I will sing,” “I will prepare Him an habitation,” “I will exalt Him.”
2. Praise God for His mighty deeds.
The song at the sea continues to praise the Lord.
In Exodus 15:4-12 the Israelites praise God’s mighty deeds in the victory at the sea.
- The mighty strength of God.
To describe the mighty victory, Moses referred to the Lord as “a man of war”.
He uses a series of war images to describe God’s mighty strength over His enemies.
B. The incomparable God.
In response to the act of God’s deliverance at the sea, the song declares the incomparable nature of the Lord.
Exodus 15:11 (AMP)
11 “Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in splendor, working wonders?
God is without a peer.
He is to be praised for His marvellous strength.
3. Praise God for His ultimate purpose.
The last section of the Israelites’ “HYMN of Praise” ends with acknowledgement of God’s ultimate purpose.
Exodus 15:13-17 makes clear the goal of Israel was not the other side of the sea, but the land of Canaan.
- The manner of God’s purpose.
The manner in which God accomplished His purpose is fittingly described.
Exodus 15:13 (AMP)
13 “You in Your lovingkindness and goodness have led the people whom You have redeemed;
In Your strength You have guided them with care to Your holy habitation.
God guided them as a shepherd.
He led them in love and with His strength.
B. The ultimate purpose of God.
The Lord redeemed Israel from bondage for a specific purpose.
He intended them to be His own possession.
Various terms were used to designate the place of the Lord’s abode with His people in Exodus 15:17 (AMP)
17 “You will bring them [into the land of promise] and plant them on the mountain (Mt. Moriah in Jerusalem) of Your inheritance,
The place, O Lord, You have made for Your dwelling [among them],
The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.
These words promise that God will secure Israel’s true destiny.
Let us praise the Lord as we see Him accomplishing His ultimate purpose.
God is working in our day.
His ultimate purpose is the reign of righteousness.
Do you have anything to praise the Lord about?
You can praise Him.
Allow Him to deliver you from sin.
The subsequent response will be, “Praise You oh Lord.”
Until next time
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