The Lord is my strength and my song; 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: 2
The Lord is my strength and my song. Could there be a more beautiful expression of what God means to us? And could there be a more appropriate one for this Sunday morning as we reflect on God’s goodness to us? How grateful we can be for the blessings of this past week and for the strength He gave us to face the daily challenges that came before us. Did we stop to thank Him enough? Did we find joy in His presence and was He indeed the song in our hearts?
This verse comes from one of the most ancient of songs, known as the “The Song of Moses” as found in Exodus 15 and was a passage of praise and thanksgiving. It was sung by Moses and the Israelites as they sought to honor God, to exalt His most holy name, to praise Him for His sovereign care, and to celebrate His presence with them as they escaped from Egyptian captivity and safely crossed the parted Red Sea. When they saw the great power God had displayed, they put their trust in Him and longed to glorify Him with all their hearts, minds, and souls.
My God, my strength, my song, my salvation, my father’s God – words so personal to describe their Lord. This verse included words so expressive that they were later borrowed by the Psalmist David in Psalm 118: 14 and by the Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 12:2 to convey their sense of the greatness of God and all He had done for His people.
Just as these thankful believers did, may we too rejoice in God’s greatness. How weak and frail we are on our own, but how He strengthens us with His grace. We are often filled with so much sadness and despair over life and He comforts us in our sorrow. We face death, yet He is our eternal hope for the future. And how grateful we can be that each one of us can make the same claim about our amazing God: “He is my strength, my song, and my salvation. He is my God and I will exalt him. “
Our Almighty God, what wondrous things you have done throughout all generations to show your power and your grace. We thank you for the joy and strength we can find in your love for us. May we exalt your most holy name on this day and every day. Amen