Ever sing a favorite song and it gets stuck in your head? Every year, when I think about Passover, which begins at sundown this year on April 22, I find the song from Exodus 15:1-2 going through my head. You remember what happened. When Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go, they came right to the edge of the Red Sea with the Egyptians in hot pursuit. Then, the LORD did the impossible—he used Moses to part the waters, and the Israelites walked to the side, safe and sound. Then Moses and the children of Israel sang a song unto the LORD.
These are the lyrics I learned years ago:
I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and rider fell into the sea.
The LORD’s my God, my strength, my song. Now he is my victory!
The LORD’s my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Exodus 15:2 in the King James Version says:
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.”
Three words in this verse caught my attention. They all begin with S.
God is our Strength. He made us and knows our weaknesses.
God is our Song, the source of lasting joy. He’s worth singing about.
God is our Salvation, the one who defeated death and sin through his son Jesus and will one day take us home to live with him.
I read a book once in which a character was put into a sensory-deprivation tank to break him down. He was restrained in the water, unable to touch the bottom or sides, in the dark, alone with his thoughts. Because he was cut off from human contact, from sound and light, and thought no one who cared about him knew where he was, he lost all hope. What could he have done? What would you do?
Just before the Israelites entered the Promised Land, Moses commanded them to serve the LORD and no one else. In Deuteronomy 4:7 he said, “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him?”
Whether we’re on top of the world, as the Israelites were when the waters parted, or whether we’re struggling to survive, like someone in a sensory-deprivation tank, the LORD is the one we need — our Strength, our Song, and our Salvation.
Posted on April 19, 2016