The Lord delivered his people out of slavery and evil oppression by many signs, wonders, and miracles. He delivered them out of Egypt, gave them the spoils of war, led them by supernatural means, and walked them straight through a would-be raging sea. Their enemies are lying dead on the seashore in full view. God’s people fear and believe God more than they ever have before. That’s a hard act to follow. What do the people of God do after an unmitigated display of God’s power?
There is only one thing they can do – praise God. Moses and Miriam lead the people in singing a song of praise. It goes something like this:
Wow, God! You won! You threw our enemies and the high horses they rode in on into the sea! You are my strength! You are my salvation! You are my God! Be praised! Be exalted! You are a divine warrior! You literally threw the most powerful guy in the world into the sea! You sunk him like a heavy rock! You sunk his entire army like stones! What power! What wrath! What majesty! What victory! They are like nothing to you! So proud! So confident they would capture us again! But you destroyed them with one single blow and they sank to the depths of the sea! Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? Your wrath consumed our enemies. Your love led us as your redeemed. People everywhere fear you now! They fear us! Everyone is afraid! None of our enemies can even move when we walk by because they have seen your power and they know you fight for us! You bought us. We belong to you. We know you are giving us a home and a holy place where you will rule for all eternity. Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
This song was intended to convey the greatness of God in three ways. 1. It was to magnify the obliteration of all the fierce enemies of God’s people. 2. It was to magnify the protection and tender leading of his own. 3. It was to serve as a tangible reminder for every generation to come of those two realities.
Remember, Christian, we serve a God who smites the proud. Matthew Henry notes, “This destruction of the Egyptians was made the more remarkable by their pride and insolence, and their strange assurance of success: The enemy said, I will pursue, Here is, first, great confidence. When they pursue, they do not question but they shall overtake; and, when they overtake, they do not question but they shall overcome, and obtain so decisive a victory as to divide the spoil. Note, it is common for men to be most elevated with the hope of success when they are upon the brink of ruin, which makes their ruin so much the sorer.”
Remember, Christian, we serve a God who delivers the purchased. The Lord is a divine warrior who fights valiantly for those whom he will. Henry states, “The Lord is a man of war, that is, well able to deal with all those that strive with their Maker, and will certainly be too hard for them.”
Remember, Christian, He is worthy of our praise! Both Moses, the prophet, and Miriam, the prophetess, led God’s people in praise after their victory. Henry says, “Those that are active in public services should not be neuters in public praises.”
Sing, Christian. Your enemy has been defeated. Your God has bought and delivered you. Sing praise to the Man of War who fought, died, purchased, and delivered you before you were even born.