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Exodus 15:1-21, Songs of Moses and Miriam

When Moses and the Israelites found time and a place to rest, they gathered their thoughts in song about all the amazing, miraculous, and faithful things that God had done for them ‘til then. They sang of God’s faithfulness, of the deeds God had done, and they praised God endlessly. Why song? Probably because music not only touches a part of the soul like nothing else, but also because stories are easier to remember when they are put to music. How did you learn the alphabet? I’ll bet you learned an alphabet song. (Admit it, when you’re categorizing items in your head, you still sing to yourself, “elemeno pee”, don’t you?)

What does the music you listen to tell you about the story you tell about your life? Have you ever written a song about the amazing things God has done in your life? Why not do it now? If you don’t fancy yourself a musician, rewrite the words to a tune you like. What will you include in your song? What deeds has God done? How will you praise God endlessly?

Exodus 15:1-21

Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my might, 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 Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name.

“Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he cast into the sea; his picked officers were sunk in the Red Sea. The floods covered them; they went down into the depths like a stone. Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power— your right hand, O Lord, shattered the enemy. In the greatness of your majesty you overthrew your adversaries; you sent out your fury, it consumed them like stubble. At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up, the floods stood up in a heap; the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea. The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them. I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.’ You blew with your wind, the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters. “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in splendor, doing wonders? You stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them.

“In your steadfast love you led the people whom you redeemed; you guided them by your strength to your holy abode. The peoples heard, they trembled; pangs seized the inhabitants of Philistia. Then the chiefs of Edom were dismayed; trembling seized the leaders of Moab; all the inhabitants of Canaan melted away. Terror and dread fell upon them; by the might of your arm, they became still as a stone until your people, O Lord, passed by, until the people whom you acquired passed by. You brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your own possession, the place, O Lord, that you made your abode, the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hands have established. The Lord will reign forever and ever. When the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his chariot drivers went into the sea, the Lord brought back the waters of the sea upon them; but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground.” Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.”

Earlier Event: October 4
Exodus 14:1-31, Crossing the Red Sea
Later Event: October 6
Exodus 16:1-36, Manna and Quail