TEXT: Exodus 15:1
INTRODUCTION: Imagine what it must have been like that first morning when the people of God, for the first time in hundreds of years, knew what it was like to be free. It wasn’t long ago that they feared for their lives. There was nowhere for them to turn. The Red Sea was before them, the Egyptian army was behind them and there was a mountain on either side of them. They obeyed the voice of the Lord, stepped into the water, and God allowed them to cross on dry ground. Behind them they could hear the galloping of the horses and the clanging of the swords, knowing that those soldiers intended to kill them.
Now, it’s a new day. Pharaoh’s army and its horses have been destroyed. There is a tranquil calm. The people of God have a new land and a new life before them. Now, Moses and the people begin to sing. I don’t know what tune they sang, but I know the lyrics. They are recorded for us in Exodus 15. Let’s take a closer look at the song these people sang to the Lord.
MY PAST IS BURIED
In Exodus 15:4-5 “Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea. The depths have covered them; they sank into the bottom as a stone.” Understand what that means. For a long, long time, these people had awoken each day to the reality that they had a nemesis. They were living in a strange land under strange rule. Now, that nemesis is gone!
What a joy it is for the child of God to know that God buries his past! In Micah 7:19 we read, “…He will subdue our iniquities; and thou will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” In Hebrews 8:12 we find that God not only buries our sins, He forgets where He buried them! “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”
MY PRESENT IS BLESSED
Not only can I rejoice because my past is buried, I can rejoice because my present is blessed. Exodus 15:2 states, “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.” As God’s child, I can rejoice in the fact that He is my God…today!
It won’t be long before the Jews are going to be facing some extremely difficult circumstances. They are going to find that there are giants in the Land of Canaan. They are going to have to face the reality that life isn’t a bed of roses. However, at this particular moment when they start singing, they sing about the fact that they are currently living in the presence of blessing, provided by their Father.
HIS POWER IS BOUNDLESS
Notice what is stated in Exodus 15:6-7 “Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O Lord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee; thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.” These people realize that the victory they are enjoying was not due to anything that they had done, but was the direct result of the amazing power of God. God had done this for them!
What do you need from God today? Can I remind you that it is within His power? There is nothing too hard for Him. He has never failed. God asks the question in the book of Jeremiah, “Is anything too hard for me?” The answer is an emphatic “No!”
HIS PROTECTION IS BEAUTIFUL
The Jews knew that they had an enemy. They also knew that their enemy sought their destruction. In Exodus 15:9 we read, “The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.” The Egyptians didn’t want to simply complicate the lives of God’s people; their desire was to destroy them!
In much the same way, our enemy desires our destruction. Today, he is walking about as a roaring lion, and he is seeking those whom he can devour. Like the Egyptians’ desire could only be satisfied by the destruction of the Jews, Satan will only be satisfied when you and I are destroyed. Jesus told Peter, “Satan hath desired to have you.”
Thankfully, we are protected! In Exodus 15:10 the Bible declares, “Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.” How easy is it for God to protect us from our enemies? He just blows upon them! He declared through the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 41:10, “Fear thou not: for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will upohold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” What a beautiful thing it is when God protects His children.
HIS PLANTING IS BEST
God didn’t just bring His people out of Egypt, He is going to bring them into the Promised Land. God is taking these people somewhere. In Exodus 15:17 we read, “Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.
The best place you can be today is the place where God has planted you. There is not a better location, a better relationship or a better occupation than the one God has chosen for you, the place where you’ve been planted. God doesn’t just want to deliver you from your problems; He wants to give you an “expected end”.
No wonder Moses and the people broke out into song. As their hearts were overwhelmed with the Lord’s goodness, they couldn’t help but sing. May we too, contemplate God’s goodness in our lives and may we offer Him praise for His wonderful works to the children of men.