”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 and so is His Word! There is beauty and symmetry everywhere you look, 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 successfully.
The First Song.
They sang of how the LORD is a “Man of war,” how He didn’t only win a great victory over their enemies, who were too strong for them, HE COMPLETELY DESTROYED THEM!
They describe in great detail all that happened to their enemies. It describes how they devised evil against them. The Egyptians foolishly thought they would just be able to pursue the Israelites, follow them through the parted seas, and divide the spoils of their victory. But just as their entire army reached the middle of the sea, horse and rider were all drowned by the crashing together of the waters. What a rout!!!!
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 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.”
It’s the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb of God: Jesus! If you compare the two side by side, the last song in a synopsis of the first song. It speaks of the great deliverance of the people of God, the overthrow of our enemies, and the effect it will have on all the peoples of the earth!
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.
Who is it that delivers us? Our Lord Jesus! When you need deliverance, when you are in trouble, when you are sick, in good times and in bad, praise the Lord! Tell of His wonderful deeds, worship His holy Name, and see the salvation of the Lord!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
That’s the power of praise. It is demonstrated for us in the first and the last song!