by Tammy Phillips
January 24, 2022
Songs evoke extreme emotions, thoughts of warm moments, fun times, and pictures of loved ones. I cannot hear the song, “How Great Thou Art, “ without turning into the biggest cry baby. Yes, it paints a picture of our great God and the hope we have in Him. However, it also awakens precious memories of my tiny Nanny belting out the song in a physical attempt to reach the throne of God with her small, off-key voice. I know her praise reached the attentive ear of our Lord God and brought more joy to His heart than it does to mine each time I hear it.
Songs are powerful and can change our thought patterns. I read about the song of Moses and Israel this past week. The song delivered yet another dimension of the Lord to the mailbox of my mind. When I opened the letter from Holy Spirit, I was so encouraged. I hope you will be, too.
EXODUS 15: The Song of Moses and Israel
(Exodus 15: Tammy sings adds her own words as she sings along)
Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the Lord, singing,
“I will sing to the Lord, for…
He has triumphed gloriously.
The horse and its rider (the enemy) He has thrown into the sea. (…and He will do it for me.)
2The Lord is my strength:
- The Lord is my power.
- The Lord is my might.
- The Lord is my boldness.
- The Lord is my firmness.
- The Lord is my defense.
- The Lord is my refuge.
- The Lord is my protection.
The LORD is my song.
And He has become my salvation:
- He has become my help.
- He has become my deliverance.
- He has become my health.
- He has become my victory.
- It’s what the word Salvation means!
This is my God, and I will praise Him!
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
3 The LORD is a Warrior.
- The Lord is a man of war.
- The LORD is a man to fight
- The LORD is a fighter.
- The LORD is a man to fight against “it”
- The LORD is a man of battle.
- The Lord is an Overcomer.
The LORD is His name.
4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has thrown into the sea.
(I would sing, OUR ENEMIES He has thrown into the sea.)
His chosen captains are drowned in the Red Sea.
(I would sing, OUR biggest and baddest ENEMIES He has thrown into the sea.)
5 The deep [water] covers them;
[Clad in armor] they sank into the depths like a stone.
(see Mark 11:22-24 how we deal with our enemies)
6 Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in power;
Your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy
(Jesus! You are the right hand of God. You are all powerful. We ask you to break our enemy into pieces on our behalf. In Jesus name. We evict the devil, and He has to go, in the name of Jesus!)
7 In the GREATNESS of Your majesty You overthrow and annihilate those [adversaries] who rise [in rebellion] against You;
(The Lord is furious with the enemy!)
You send out Your fury (anger, heat, displeasure), and it consumes them like chaff. (The LORD is mad at hell and its schemes!)
8 With the blast of Your nostrils the waters piled up,
The flowing waters stood up like a mound;
The deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea.
(The LORD has a plan…Just a little poof and the seas stacked up like jello!)
9 The enemy said (and declared his plan), ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my desire shall be satisfied against them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall dispossess them and drive them out.’
(The enemy of God has plans to steal kill and destroy! We boldly declare: “Jesus is our Warrior King! We are not afraid of our enemies. We fear the living God alone. We call on warrior God to help us and shatter our enemies. In the name of Jesus!)
10 You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them;
[Clad in armor] they sank like lead in the mighty waters.
(Our Warrior executed and will execute His plan with a simple breath of defeat.)
11 Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
Awesome in splendor, working wonders?
(Our wonder working warrior God, nobody is like you!)
12 You stretched out Your right hand, The sea swallowed them.
(Our Warrior swallowed up our enemies!)
13 You in Your mercy, loving-kindness, and goodness have led the people whom You have redeemed, In Your strength You have guided them with care to Your holy habitation.
(God is merciful, kind, loving, gracious, but He is our WARRIOR, too.)
14 The peoples have heard [about You], they tremble;
Anguish and fear has gripped the inhabitants of Philistia.
15 Then the [tribal] chiefs of Edom were dismayed and horrified;
The [mighty] leaders of Moab, trembling grips them;
All the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away [in despair]—
(The enemy of God is afraid! The enemy of God melts away. Melting can be a slow or fast process; it is still melting. Our job is patient endurance.)
16 Terror and dread fall on them;
(Terror and dread of our Warrior goes before and shatters the enemies of God!)
Because of the greatness of Your arm they are as still as a stone;
Until Your people pass by and [into Canaan], O Lord,
Until the people pass by whom You have purchased.
17 You will bring them [into the land of promise] and plant them on the mountain (Mt. Moriah in Jerusalem) of Your inheritance, The place, O Lord, You have made for Your dwelling [among them], The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.
(We all have our own place and our own promised land. We all have our own mountain to climb and enemy to overcome.)
18 “The Lord shall reign to eternity and beyond.”
(Buzz Light Year has nothing on God. Our Hero and Warrior will reign to eternity and beyond. If that doesn’t make you happy, I do not know what will?)
19 For the horses of Pharaoh went with his war-chariots and his charioteers into the sea, and the Lord brought back the waters of the sea on them, BUT (GOD) the sons of Israel walked on dry land in the middle of the sea.
(The Warrior did it for Israel. The Warrior is the same, yesterday, and forever. He defeated Satan at the cross and He does the same for us every day. We have to occupy our territory and call on His name. He wins! We win!)
20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron [and Moses], took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her with timbrels and dancing. 21 Miriam answered them,
‘Sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously and is highly exalted;
The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.”
I enCOURAGE you read Exodus 15 for yourself. Do you need a Warrior? You will find Him. Take a good look at your Warrior. He is your Champion. He is brave, strong, and valiant. He is the Chief. He is the mightiest and the strongest Warrior and He goes before you in every battle. Follow Him. He will guide you through into songs of victory!
“The LORD will march out like a champion, like a warrior He will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.” (Isaiah 42:13 NIV)