Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the Lord…Exodus 15:1-21
How can you say thank you? What made the Israelites' worship worth following?
Moses led the children of Israel out of captivity as they witnessed the parting of the Red Sea. When the Israelites experienced victory through answered prayer, they began to sing a song of praise to God. In this song, they sang of the greatness of God, they professed His strength and His deliverance. They made their praise personal and proclaimed the Lord as their God. They exclaimed gratitude for the enemy’s defeat, as well as recounting how the enemy was defeated. Throughout this song, the Israelites continuously made mention of the great and matchless power of the Lord, and they ended their song of praise with a proclamation that the Lord reigns and He will reign forever.
The Israelites’ song of praise is a great illustration of what our praise and thanksgiving should be. In general, we should continuously offer a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for Who He is! When we experience victory and answered prayer, as a way of gratitude, we need to praise and worship God by speaking and singing of His greatness, His strength and power, and His deliverance. We also need to make our praise and worship personal so that we remember that He is our God! As we remember what the Lord has done, how He made a way when there seemed to be no way, and how the Lord defeated the enemy, we need to continuously exalt the great and matchless power of our Lord. Like the Israelites, when we sing our personal song of praise, we too are proclaiming in worship to our Lord that He reigns now and He will reign forevermore!
"Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,