Summary: Part 8 of our Exodus series


“The story of God’s presence”

Part 8

“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

That song

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

Exodus 15:1-18

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—

the place, O LORD, reserved for your own dwelling,

the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hands have established.

18 The LORD will reign forever and ever!”

The Israelites were free


They sang

They sang about God

They sang to God

They praised God

Exalted God

They called his name

They sang about his power

And his love

A few days before they had left Egypt with their fists raised in defiance to Pharaoh

And now those same hands were lifted in worship

Lifted in thanks

Voices coming together

The men and women

The children and the elderly

The Israelites and the others who had joined them


2 million voices raised in praise of God

It must have been beautiful

You see

They understood that they had been delivered

By God’s grace


They had a reason for rejoicing

And that is what they did!

We should follow the lead of the Hebrew people

We need to remember that we too

If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our savior

Have been delivered

We too were once in bondage

In slavery

Chained up by our sin


Destined for an eternity in hell

And then

God in his mercy and grace

Sent his Son

Jesus to pay our debt

Jesus paid that debt on the cross

Was buried and resurrected

And then God sent the Holy Spirit

To show us the savior

To show us Jesus

And to convict us of our sins

And then

By his grace

If you are a believer

We saw the need for a savior

And we saw that we were sinners

And We admitted that we were lost

And we accepted

The sacrifice

That Jesus paid

The gift he gave

And we cried out for deliverance

Just like the Hebrews’


He delivered us!

Redeemed us

Restored us

He set us free

The bible says

The truth will set you free

Jesus is the truth and if you have accepted him

Then you are truly free

And that my friends is why we like the Israelites should sing

We should sing because we are free

That would be enough reason to raise our voices


From today’s passage

I see several more reasons as to why we should sing


Our singing pleases God

God loves to hear our voices

He loved to hear the voices of his children the Hebrews rising up from the seashore

And he loves to hear our voices rising up from his church

It makes him happy

It brings him joy

Put yourself in his shoes

Remember the times when your child

Or grandchild

Niece or nephew was in the Christmas or Easter play

And they sang

And no matter how off key they were

No matter how they messed up the words

You beamed with pride

Their singing pleased you


God does not care how we sound

He cares that we rejoice

He care that we praise him

He cares that we exalt him

And he loves to hear us sing together

He loves to hear the instruments

Many places in the bible speak of music and our singing

The singing and playing instruments in praise to Our Father

God’s word is full of references and stories about singing

Psalm 98 is one of my favorite on this subject

Sing a new song to the LORD,

for he has done wonderful deeds.

His right hand has won a mighty victory;

his holy arm has shown his saving power!

2 The LORD has announced his victory

and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!

3 He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.

The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

4 Shout to the LORD, all the earth;

break out in praise and sing for joy!

5 Sing your praise to the LORD with the harp,

with the harp and melodious song,

6 with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.

Make a joyful symphony before the LORD, the King!

7 Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!

Let the earth and all living things join in.

8 Let the rivers clap their hands in glee!

Let the hills sing out their songs of joy

9 before the LORD,

for he is coming to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with justice,

and the nations with fairness.

We should sing

Because it pleases God


We should sing because

Singing prepares our hearts for worship

Singing primes the pump for the word of God

Raising our voices to God

Softens our heart to receive his word

To receive his instruction

Priming the pump prepares us for the blessings that he has for us

Once again Guys

Music is such a huge part of our lives

Why would we choose not to include music in our worship?

I can’t sing a lick

If you sit near me on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s you know this


You know I can’t sing ---- because I do sing

You see

I use music to prepare my heart

I often make notes in my closing remark from what I hear in the song service

In singing

My heart is opened to the Holy Spirit

And though the singing he often speaks directly to my primed heart

When we sing to God

We are focusing on God

Just as the Israelites did

We are thinking about God and his power

Calling his name

Singing about his deeds

Remembering what he has already done for us

Thinking about what he will do for us

Reflecting on his promises

On his provision

On his protection

Worship will be our primary job in glory and the book of Revelation talks a lot about our singing being huge part of that worship

Paul in Ephesians tells us not to live as the world lives and then he tells us in verses 19 and 20

Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We should sing because it pleases God

We should sing because it prepares our hearts

And we should sing because

Singing makes our worship personal

When we sing

We move from passive to active worship

It is very easy to come to church


Sit and listen to the preaching

Read the scripture off the screen

Let the band entertain you

Just sitting- uninvolved

God likes all worship

But he loves active worship


Passive worship is boring

It is hard to fall asleep in church when you are up clapping you hands and singing to the Lord

It is hard to become distracted

When your are actively involved

As I said God likes all worship


Nowhere in his word is passive worship discussed in a positive manner

God loves excited worship

Not out of controlled chaos- He is a God of order

But he loves to see his people actively

Passionately worshipping and praising him

Exalting him

Singing to him and about him

Lifting their voice in unity

Nothing about the worship discussed in Revelation

Will be boring

We will not be lying around on clouds

Floating along strumming on a harp

We will be actively worshiping our deliverer

Standing and singing

Clapping your hands

Playing instruments in the band if God has blessed you in that way

Is active worship

It is making worship personal

Again with Ephesians 5:19

19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.

God loves singing so much that He says Zephaniah that he sings over us

Zephaniah 3:17

For the LORD your God is living among you.

He is a mighty savior.

He will take delight in you with gladness.

With his love, he will calm all your fears.[a]

He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

We need to sing because we are free

Freed from the penalty of our sins

Freed from a life of torment

Freed to worship God

We need to sing because it pleases God

It does not make him love us more

He can’t love us more than he did when he sent his only Son to die for us

But it brings him great joy

We need to sing in order to prepare our hearts

Prime the pump

Open ourselves completely and fully to God and his word

We need to sing to make our worship personal

Move from boring passive worship to

Passionate – active worship

I want to make a challenge to you this morning

For the next month

Try standing and singing

‘ not going through the motions ‘ but really singing

Actively worshiping

And see if you don’t get closer to God

If it don’t work

Then sit down

And keep doing what you are doing

But I believe it can and will change the way you worship through the softening and preparing of your heart

Maybe you are sitting here this morning and you don’t feel that you have anything to sing about

If you are a believer

Have you forgotten that you were in bondage to your sins at one time in your life?

On the Highway to hell

And now you see the light

You’ve been redeemed

Guys if you are sitting here without Jesus

You need to change the song you sing

You can go from Dazed and confused

Whiskey bent and hell bound


Amazing grace and Jesus loves me

In less than a second

By crying out to Jesus

Asking him to deliver you

Asking him to save you

Close from the heart