“Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and spoke, saying: ‘I will sing to the Lord, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! 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.’ ” Exodus 15:1-2
All night long Israel has traveled on dry ground through the midst of the sea. The hand of God parted the sea, dividing it so that a wall of water stood on either side of the pathway provided.
The Egyptians would have pursued them and over taken them except God, in the pillar of cloud, interposed himself between the two camps and prevent the Egyptians from following. When the final Israelite had passed beyond the reach of Pharaoh God withdrew and permitted the Egyptians to follow and they charged into the causeway in the sea. Then God commanded Moses to raise his staff once again and the waters swept over Pharaoh and his army and destroyed them all.
As Moses and the people looked out over the Red Sea where the Egyptian army had been and now was no more they knew with a certainty that they were free.
Moses and the people then raised their voices and sang a song of triumph to the Lord.
“I will sing to the Lord, For He has triumphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!
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.
We call the song from which these few bars are taken “The Song of Moses” and the Jewish people have sung it for thousands of years, ever since that day at the Red Sea.
Revelation 15:3 tells us that after the second coming the redeemed of the Lord will stand beside another sea and sing a song of triumph to God, the Song of Moses and the Lamb.
The apostle John records a new verse to the song, one that reflects the new reality that has come because Jesus has come and set his people free.
Where are you planning to be on that day when they sing the song of Moses and the Lamb?
I imagine that many, on that day beside the Red Sea, were surprised at the deliverance they’d experienced but the righteous at the second coming won’t be surprised because they’ve followed the instructions of Matthew 24 and 25 and have been watching and they’re ready.
Only those that are ready will be prepared to sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. Israel followed God as he led them in the cloud and because of that they were ready. The redeemed, at the last day, follow the Lamb wherever he goes and because of that they’ll be ready.
Will you follow the Lamb so that you can sing his song in heaven?