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In Case You Missed It -- Exodus 15:1-21, Psalm 39

In Exodus 15:1-21, Israel respond to their triumph over the Egyptians and crossing the Red Sea. This is a song of victory and praise together. Israel had heard of God, but they had not yet witnessed who Yahweh truly is. Restoring Israel from Egypt through signs and wonders, God has established who He is to Israel—King over Pharaoh and his gods and King over nature. Israel can't help but burst into praise.

In the song, Moses highlights two important principles that let us know for sure that we can trust God. First, God is a warrior who fights our battles: “The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is His name.” (Exodus 15:3). He fights the Egyptians and their false gods, and He overthrows Israel's enemies. He also controls the forces of nature, making Israel cross the Red Sea on dry ground. Second, Yahweh is the God of our salvation: “The Lord is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my fatherʼs God, and I will exalt Him.” (Exodus 15:2). Once and for all, Israel attest that there is no God but the God of their fathers. “Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” (Exodus 15:11). Having seen all these things, Israel know for sure that God has saved them from the nation they had faced. They trust God to bring them to the Promised Land. Likewise, David sings of his trust in the Redeemer God in Psalm 39, “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools” (vv. 7-8).

We have all the more reason to trust God with our daily battles. We are to praise and exalt Yahweh for his great salvation through Christ. He defeated sins and death for you. When you face your Red Sea, know Yahweh can be trusted.

Kesny St. Louis