Exodus 15:2 – “The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”
The Lord intervened when Pharaoh and his men tried to catch up with the Israelites. Moses led the Israelites through the parted Red Sea and at the same time, Pharaoh and his men drowned in the very same waters. Then Moses and the children of Israel broke into song spontaneously as Moses led the nation into the wilderness on the other side of the Red Sea. They sang this song when their salvation was real to them, when the power and the presence of God were real to them. They praised God because He did what Israel could not do. This song is all about God and the Israelites sang it to Him. The Lord showed Himself to be greater than all the powers of Egypt. The Lord fought and defeated Israel’s enemies, the Egyptians, and the Israelites did not need to fight. The Lord saved them. He is their God and the God of their ancestors. This song is the most ancient and a holy song to honour God, to exalt his name, and to celebrate His praise.
God appreciates these spontaneous expressions of praise and worship. Morgan said, “There are moods of the soul that can only be expressed in poetry and in music.” When we worship God in song, our audience is the Lord and not the people around us. When we let God be our strength, He will also be our song. We will sing because of the victory won by the great strength of the Lord. God’s strength will not let us down. The word is not ‘The Lord gives me strength,’ but ‘The Lord is my strength’! Also, we cannot save ourselves, God must become our salvation.
If we have God as our strength, we will end up singing His praise because He is always victorious. If we have Jehovah as our salvation, we will end up exalting His name because He is our Saviour. Holiness to the Lord is in every part of this song. The same applies to the final destruction of the enemies of the church. Happy are we whose God is the Lord. We have work to do, temptations to grapple with, afflictions to bear, and are weak in ourselves; but His grace is our strength. We are often in sorrow, but in Him we have comfort; He is our song. Sin, and death, and hell threaten us, but He is, and will be our salvation. The Lord is a God of Almighty power, and those who strive with their Maker will end in despair. The Lord is glorious in holiness. His holiness appears in the hatred of sin, and His wrath against obstinate sinners. It appears in the deliverance of Israel, and His faithfulness to His own promise. He is fearful in praises; His praises sung by us are very dreadful to His enemies. The Lord is doing wonders; wonders to those who are so unworthy that they have no reason to expect them. These are wonders of power and wonders of grace where God will ultimately be humbly adored. Today, say it, “The Lord is my strength!”