”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.”
God is SO AMAZING as is His Word! Everywhere you look, there is beauty and symmetry, like in first and the last songs recorded in the Bible. They echo each other. In studying them, there’s a wonderful message to us on how to begin and end everything we do with success.
The First Song.
They sang of how the LORD is a “Man of war,” Who didn’t merely win a great victory over their enemies, who were too strong for them: HE COMPLETELY DESTROYED THEM!
The rescued nation sang of how the news of the LORD’S great victory would strike fear into the hearts of the enemies who lie ahead of them. Let’s follow along:
“The people will hear and be afraid;
Sorrow will take hold of the inhabitants of Philistia.
15 Then the chiefs of Edom will be dismayed;
The mighty men of Moab,
Trembling will take hold of them;
All the inhabitants of Canaan will melt away.”
Every line is filled with nothing but praise and glory to the Holy One of Israel, His mighty deeds, and their effect on the nations around them.
The Last Song.
Now, let’s look at the last song recorded in the Bible:
“Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.
And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They
sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:
“Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints!
Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested.”
The resulting effect on all the nations and all the people of the earth is the same: They will fear the Lord, come before Him, and worship Him.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
That’s the power of praise as demonstrated in the first and the last song!