IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THE LORD HAS TRIUMPHED GLORIOUSLY, BOTH HORSE AND HIS RIDER HE HAS THROWN INTO THE SEA
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.”
We often sing when we are happy. Song can be the joyous response we have when something grand happens in our life. Or simply the response when we get that coveted free day and quiet time. Many sing in the shower, or in their car on the way to work. We sing when we are happy and singing even makes us happier.
There are likewise times in the Scriptures when the people of God burst out in singing his praises.
One of those occasions is here with the “Song of Moses” giving praise to God after the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea and deliverance from their enemy; the Egyptians.
The People of Israel were helpless in the face of oncoming army of Egyptians and their mighty chariots. They were hemmed in, surrounded on three sides by water and from the fourth side the army of Egypt came upon them. ( THEY WERE LIKE A DOT IN THE CIRCLE) In Buhari’s voice…
But the Lord delivered them. (REPEAT: But the Lord delivered them)
He, as a cloud of smoke and of fire kept the Egyptians at bay and later brought them into mass confusion and fear as their chariots bogged down in the mud.
Then too God delivered the Israelites through the parting of the Red Sea waters and the subsequent un-parting as the waters closed over and upon the armies of Egypt.
Thus Moses and the people are singing praise to God for their crossing of the Red Sea.
It is ultimately a song of Victory. And this is a victory that the Lord has won for the people. It is God and God alone who has won the day. And so the people are singing His praise because … God has saved Israel. He has delivered them and now they are inspired to sing.
“Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
“The peoples have heard; they tremble; pangs have seized the inhabitants of Philistia.
Now are the chiefs of Edom dismayed; trembling seizes the leaders of Moab; all the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away.
Terror and dread fall upon them; because of the greatness of your arm, they are still as a stone, till your people, O LORD, pass by, till the people pass by whom you have purchased.”
“Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”— Exodus 15:1-2
THIS is the first song unto the Lord which is recorded in holy scripture. In Jacob’s blessing of his children there are verses which may be regarded as songs; but they are mere fragments, and can scarcely be said to be sung unto the Lord. There are other couplets in the Book of Genesis, but this is the first connected song upon record. I should think that Abraham often sang unto the Lord; but we have no record of it. We can hardly doubt but that Isaac had his quiet psalm, as Enoch had, and Noah, and others who called upon the name of the Lord; but none of these hymns are left to us. This is the very first of those sacred songs preserved in Scripture, and in some respects it is first in in merit as well as in time. At any rate, its august occasion lifts it into the highest place among patriotic hymns.
The song of Moses appears to have been chanted by an exceeding great multitude. Miriam, the prophetess, took her timbrel and led the strain, all the daughters of Israel going forth with her with their timbrels and dances, and the whole multitude of the people taking up the strain. Never had the shores of the Red Sea, or any other sea, heard such a song. There were at least six hundred thousand men, beside women and children. What an assembly! Millions made up that choir! Though their voices were little tuned to music, yet as they lifted them up, each one throwing his whole strength into the strain, it must have sounded like the noise of many waters, especially when they repeated the refrain, “Sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.”
It will be instructive to notice THE TIME OF THE SINGING OF THIS SONG.
To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: there is a time of the singing of birds, and there is a time for the singing of saints. “Then sang Moses.”
So is it also in times of distinct consecration.
You may not see this at first, but I would remind you that the apostle assures us that all Israel were “baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea.” When Pharaoh and his hosts had been destroyed, Israel stood for the first time, as a nation separated from Egypt.
The Red Sea was a most effectual division; Israel became a distinct people, a race redeemed from among men: they would never again feel the yoke of Mizraim, they would not return unto Egypt, nor would Pharaoh again pursue them. They were now a distinct people consecrated unto Jehovah; to them God would reveal himself, and among them he would dwell. That passage through the Red Sea was the type of their death, their burial, and their resurrection to a new life; it was their national baptism unto God: and therefore they sang as it were a new song. Do you wonder that they did so?
It is the happiest thing that can ever happen to a mortal man, to be dedicated to God: it is the grandest posture in which a creature can stand, to be fully consecrated to his Creator: it is the sweetest and happiest condition in which a heart can be, when it feels that it is redeemed of the Lord, and henceforth is not its own, but bought with a price. No song among sweet pastorals can exceed in sweetness that heavenly Canticle, “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” There is no greater joy than to know that the Lord has chosen us unto himself to be his peculiar heritage. Conscious of redemption by blood and separation unto Jehovah, their God, “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord.” Oh you that hope that you are Christians, but have never yet taken the distinct step to avow yourselves to be wholly the Lord’s; oh you that have never come clean away from Egypt, and made the waters to roll between you and a guilty world— you have delayed a joy which I trust you may not longer miss, lest that dreadful text be fulfilled in you, “Whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” “Then,” in the day of realized salvation, “then,” in the day of distinct consecration, they sang this song unto the Lord.
Brethren, it was also a day of the manifest display of God’s power. Our hearts are heavy; at least, mine is so, when God seems to put his right hand into his bosom and not to vindicate his own cause. I am most sad because I see error prevalent everywhere; falsehood reigns, and Jannes and Jambres withstand Moses, and the prince of this world disdainfully demands, “Who is Jehovah?” Plagues many are upon us: the earth swarms with errors as if the dust were turned into lice throughout all the land. Heresies like frogs are croaking everywhere; they have come up into the King’s chambers.
The Lord hath sent a thick darkness over all the land, even darkness that may be felt. The people loathe to drink of the waters of our sanctuaries; for a curse is upon them in many a place. Our heart feels bowed down, and we go mourning, and say, “Why hast thou made us to drink the wine of astonishment?” But when we hear of conversions, when we see God blessing the work of the Sabbath-school, when we hear of sinners turning to Christ and seeking mercy, when we notice the children of God diligent in service, when we see the work of the Lord wrought with vigour, then is our heart exceeding glad, and then, like Moses and the children of Israel, we sing unto the Lord. How can we be silent when God’s arm is made bare? A revival is our joyous holiday. If we had our choice of all the benedictions that God can give us on earth, it would be to see the church revive, his truth prevail, and his kingdom come. It is not with some of us a matter of indifference whether the truth is preached or error is proclaimed; no, it is our life to see the gospel conquer.
Now we live if ye stand fast in the faith; but our spirit distinctly sickens in proportion as the church of God decays; and when the church is strong, and God is with her, then is our heart revived, and our song bursts forth, “The Lord is my strength and my song; he is become my salvation.”
But this song may be sung at all times throughout the life of faith.
I want to put it to the people of God here whether it is good to save up our songs for special occasions of great joy, or for times when we have something visible to sing about. Should not the believer sing by faith as well as live by faith?
Christianity Is A Singing Religion
Listen to Philip Ryken. “The history of salvation,” he says, “is sometimes described as a drama – the drama of redemption. However, this drama is actually a musical. It is impossible,” this is important, listen – “It is impossible even to conceive of Biblical Christianity without songs of praise.” Christianity is a singing religion.
A Christian who doesn’t sing is a contradiction in terms. If salvation were merely a reward for services rendered on our part to God, if He were simply giving us our due, quid pro quo – we’re earned it so salvation is ours by right; it’s our dessert – if that were true, well then we might strut and preen in self-congratulatory pride but we would never sing praises. Salvation would be ours by right; we’ve earned it. We’ve no one to thank but ourselves for it. But if God has broken in when we could not save ourselves, if Jesus Christ has obeyed the law of God that we could never hope to keep and paid our penalty at the cross, if there at Calvary it really is finished and there’s nothing for us to do, well then what is left for us as we receive the mercy and grace of God as sheer gift but to sing praise with gratitude and joy and hearts melting in wonder that we should be so beloved.
God’s salvation demands our song. “Be filled with the spirit,” Ephesians 5:18-20, “addressing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” Child of God, saved by grace through the Lord Jesus Christ, you are a recipient of God’s great redemption. Sing! How could you be silent?
Let us lay ourselves out, by pen, and tongue, and life, to make our Lord Jesus Christ more honourable among those who surround us. Say, “I must and will exalt him. Perhaps I have groaned too much over my trials; perhaps I have been too depressed and heavy in spirit; but from this day I will exalt my Lord, and sound forth his praises. If he will permit me, I will make the glory of the Lord the one object of my being.” Come, ye young men and maidens, ye old men and fathers, let us praise the Lord on the high-sounding cymbals, and spend the rest of our days in crying, “Sing ye unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously.” Amen.
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