Exodus 15:1-21 ESV
1 Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. 2 The Lord is my strength and my song,and he has become my salvation;this is my God, and I will praise him,my father’s God, and I will exalt him. 3 The Lord is a man of war;the Lord is his name. 4 “Pharaoh’s chariots and his host he cast into the sea,and his chosen officers were sunk in the Red Sea. 5 The floods covered them;they went down into the depths like a stone. 6 Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power,your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy. 7 In the greatness of your majesty you overthrow your adversaries;you send out your fury; it consumes them like stubble. 8 At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up;the floods stood up in a heap;the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea. 9 The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake,I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them.I will draw my sword; my hand shall destroy them.’ 10 You blew with your wind; the sea covered them;they sank like lead in the mighty waters. 11 “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?Who is like you, majestic in holiness,awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? 12 You stretched out your right hand;the earth swallowed them. 13 “You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed;you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode. 14 The peoples have heard; they tremble;pangs have seized the inhabitants of Philistia. 15 Now are the chiefs of Edom dismayed;trembling seizes the leaders of Moab;all the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away. 16 Terror and dread fall upon them;because of the greatness of your arm, they are still as a stone,till your people, O Lord, pass by,till the people pass by whom you have purchased. 17 You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain,the place, O Lord, which you have made for your abode,the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands have established. 18 The Lord will reign forever and ever.” 19 For when the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his horsemen went into the sea, the Lord brought back the waters of the sea upon them, but the people of Israel walked on dry ground in the midst of the sea. 20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing. 21 And Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.”
I. SINGING IS WORSHIP WITH YOUR WHOLE BODY
A. Singing is one of the few acts of worship that engages the whole of our person. (Mark 12:28-34)
B. Singing shapes our thoughts of God, making what we choose to sing matter greatly.
C. Not only is the mind processing what we sing, but also the heart is feeling when we sing.
D. Singing God’s truth back to God also reaches down and touches our souls.
II. SINGING IS WORSHIP AS A WHOLE BODY
A. Singing is one of the few times the entirety of the church body, including kids, simultaneously worships God.
B. 4 Types of Worship Songs in the Church
1. Looking up and singing to God.
2. Looking around and singing to one another.
3. Looking in a mirror and singing to ourselves.
4. Looking foolish and singing things that are untrue.
C. Often men are reluctant to sing because they either don’t know the Gospel or are confused on what it means to be a man.
III. SINGING DUE THE HEALING OF THE WHOLE BODY
A. God has made our bitter existence sweet by healing us through the cross of Christ.
B. The healing miracles of Jesus proved He was God, pictured the Gospel, and pointed to eternity.
NEXT STEP (14:30-31)
1. Start to see the sacred in what is secular.
2. What we sing or don’t sing is symptomatic of what is going on in our hearts, and predictive of where we are headed in life and eternity.
NEXT WEEK: Exodus V: Warrior and Healer Exodus 15:3, 22-27