Theology without worship is dangerous. Revelation without adoration is wrong. We cannot see the works God does, hear them and understand them, without the response of a praise-filled heart, and a praising voice.
Moses and his people must be standing next to the waters of the Red Sea in a deep state of shock. They’ve been pursued by the greatest army of their world, only to see that army suddenly destroyed in an act of divine judgement, and they themselves have been rescued by another act of God’s hand. How can they not worship God with all they they’ve seen and learned and experienced of His power and grace? And how can we not, who’ve seen the same – and more in in Jesus Christ?
The Lord is our strength, because He alone rescues and protects, and our song, because His rescuing love is the joy of our hearts, and our lips; we will praise Him (vv.1-2). This love fights for us, and fights our enemies (vv.4-5). Our sins and their capturing power He has thrown into the depths of hell.
And we must not think that God’s victory over our sins in Christ is some dispassionate, bloodless transaction. The Cross is a place of cries, tears, snorting, writhing, anguish, anger and fierce, burning judgement. The Father lays His punishment for our sins on His own Son with searing anger. The Son is crumpled and crushed by the weight of that righteous judgment, broken and shattered. The Israelites worship a God of retribution (vv.6-8). We worship the same God, as we reflect on the cost of our salvation at the expense of the life of Jesus.
Against such power all enemy boasts are worthless. Satan and the world can make their boasts, but the power of God can never be truly thwarted. They want to defy the Living God? Like the armies of Egypt, they will sink like lead (vv.9-10). Holiness, glory and awesome power come together in God’s redeeming acts. The commitment to rescue is matched by the same commitment to lead His people from danger destroyed to a new land of blessing (vv.11-13).
God’s redeeming power is matched by His commitment to lead His redeemed people, all the way to His Presence (v.13). This grace will be shown to all the surrounding nations, to the terror of His enemies, so that they refrain from attacking the Israelites (vv.14-17).
Discovering God’s grace often makes us elated, and feeling like we’re walking on air. But we’re only still needy and weak people, who still need food and drink. God turns their bitter water sweet, and then leads them to the twelve springs of Elim (vv.22-27). All so simple and kind, and for God, all so effortless. And today, has God given you drink, and food? Then worship Him. Thank Him for His wonderful provision, trust Him for the next drop, and the next mouthful, and make your day a song of His goodness, for Him and all to hear as you live your day.