Summary: Part 8 of our Exodus series
“The story of God’s presence”
“Sing a new song”
Imagine a world with no music
It would be a pretty boring place
Think about going to see a movie
Action movies would lose a lot of their effect without the fast paced
Excited music that comes with the visuals
Imagine watching an old western without music
You would never know when something was about to happen
Or who the good guys and bad guys were
Especially if they were not were their perspective black or white hats
Often when we look at our lives in our minds we want to set our memories to music as well
The soundtrack of my life is as I am sure yours is very varied
There are times for soft sweet music
Other times where dazed and confused would be more fitting
It is my desire this morning to show you the importance of music in our worship
Let me backtrack just a bit before we dig in
The Israelites are now standing on the far side of the Red Sea
They have just witnessed God’s awesome power
Up close and personal
They are in awe
Let me remind you
The people standing here had been slaves their entire lives
As a matter of fact slavery is all they knew
The Hebrews had been in Egypt for over 400 years and many of those years
I would feel safe in saying
Most of those years had been spent in bondage
Here they were
2 million people
Hebrews and friends
Never in their lives had they been free
They had thought about freedom
Talked about freedom
Dreamed about freedom
And now with the wave of Moses staff
With the rush of waters covering the Egyptian army
They were free
God had delivered them from bondage
Delivered them from slavery
Just as he had promised
God had given them a new start
Now standing on the other side of the sea
On that Morning so long ago
With the waves gently rolling onto the beach
The bodies of the Egyptians and their horses washing up on shore
Their freedom became a reality
And as that reality sunk in
2 million people began to sing
They began to sing a new song
Let me read for you from God’s word
This is the first song recorded in the bible
I have no doubt many songs had been sung before
But this one was special
We don’t know the tune that goes with the words
The words ring truth
And the words praise God the deliver- the savior- the redeemer
Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD:
“I will sing to the LORD,
for he has triumphed gloriously;
he has hurled both horse and rider
into the sea.
2 The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has given me victory.
This is my God, and I will praise him—
my father’s God, and I will exalt him!
3 The LORD is a warrior;
Yahweh[a] is his name!
4 Pharaoh’s chariots and army
he has hurled into the sea.
The finest of Pharaoh’s officers
are drowned in the Red Sea.[b]
5 The deep waters gushed over them;
they sank to the bottom like a stone.
6 “Your right hand, O LORD,
is glorious in power.
Your right hand, O LORD,
smashes the enemy.
7 In the greatness of your majesty,
you overthrow those who rise against you.
You unleash your blazing fury;
it consumes them like straw.
8 At the blast of your breath,
the waters piled up!
The surging waters stood straight like a wall;
in the heart of the sea the deep waters became hard.
9 “The enemy boasted, ‘I will chase them
and catch up with them.
I will plunder them
and consume them.
I will flash my sword;
my powerful hand will destroy them.’
10 But you blew with your breath,
and the sea covered them.
They sank like lead
in the mighty waters.
11 “Who is like you among the gods, O LORD—
glorious in holiness,
awesome in splendor,
performing great wonders?
12 You raised your right hand,
and the earth swallowed our enemies.
13 “With your unfailing love you lead
the people you have redeemed.
In your might, you guide them
to your sacred home.
14 The peoples hear and tremble;
anguish grips those who live in Philistia.
15 The leaders of Edom are terrified;
the nobles of Moab tremble.
All who live in Canaan melt away;
16 terror and dread fall upon them.
The power of your arm
makes them lifeless as stone
until your people pass by, O LORD,
until the people you purchased pass by.
17 You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain—