Waving the Flag
Lord, often my heart beats to the rhythm of anxiety or courage, calm or excitement. Let it beat in praise to You.
Read Exodus 15:1-18
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“Your Word will be the last word / Your promises will stand for evermore / man’s thoughts and plans will come to an end / but Your Word will be the last word” (Tommy Walker). Let the praise begin!
The capacity for a wholehearted, exuberant, victory celebration is one of God’s gifts to the human race (think of the fans of a winning Super Bowl team). It finds its greatest fulfillment when we offer worship back to the Creator who gave us this gift. In verses 1-12 the highlights of the prose story of chapter 14 are rehearsed in poetry. All the credits go to God: the warrior against the opposing team (3); the Lord, majestic and awesome (11), whose right hand initiates the winning moves (6, 12). But though the song is undoubtedly to be sung in a crowd, it is sung in the first person: it is “I” who sing it; God is “my” God; God has become “my” salvation (1,2). The praise is also an act of identification, and every worshiper in every subsequent generation expects to see the victory repeated in the pattern of their lives.
The second part of the song shows that this exuberant worship is more than just a release of emotion (13-18). It focuses on building confidence for the journey ahead. There are still dangerous opponents to be faced. It is good to think that news of this victory will frighten them and weaken their will to oppose God’s people (14-16). James captures this picture of demoralized foes when he says to those who submit to God, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (Jas. 4:7). Having won a great victory on the cross, God leads us, as he led Israel, with love and power towards an ultimate destiny (13,17).
What battles seem to lie just ahead for you? Sing or silently rehearse a victory song and look forward to God guiding you safely through whatever battles you will face.
Mighty God, I am reminded today that in life I am not fighting for victory but from victory. You have already won the battle and I am Yours forever.
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