And Miriam answered them: “Sing to the Lord, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!” -Exodus 15:21
"As good as this song is, how much better it would have been had it been sung before the Red Sea parted, had it been sung by the children of Israel before they were rescued." - A Pillar By Day, June 11
This is an excerpt from a devotion that was sent to me last year - I’ve attached it at the end of this post because it truly is a beautifully written invitation to us, and the invitation given is where the song ‘Still You are Good’ came from.
Exodus 15 - its the song sung by the Israelites after they have walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. We read their joy, their praise, and their gratefulness of the miracle that they have just experienced, that once again their God was faithful and that their deliverance came.
I have sung many of those songs in my own life - financial provision, healing, deliverance - but if I am honest, I think I have yet to sing the same song when faced with an un-parted red sea. The response of the Israelites to being enclosed with a wall of sea and Egyptians behind them was panic - and that very same response is what I often see in myself.
The grace of God, however, always invites us to make a different choice. I believe the choice for us is to praise Him before our seas ever part and to praise Him even if they never do. We know that God is Good, that He is for us, is the great I Am, Alpha and Omega, all powerful, all loving, full of grace, and full of mercy. He is also the same yesterday, today, and forever. Which means that He is worthy of praise today, worthy of praise tomorrow, worthy on this side of our unpainted sea, and worthy, if by His mercy, we get to cross it.
So, this is the decision I want to make, to be found singing of God's goodness when it's not looking good, to be found trusting in an unfailing Hope even if things don’t look hopeful. To be found praising Him while faced with the impossible. And to confess that if not, He is still good.
Daily Devotional - June 11
And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. -Exodus 15:21
As good as this song is, how much better it would have been had it been sung before the Red Sea parted, had it been sung by the children of Israel before they were rescued.
To you who are boxed in, with your back to the Red Sea, this is your moment; now is your opportunity for greatness. You see, once the Red Sea parts - once the financial crisis is over, the relationship is restored, the disease is healed - you will no longer have before you the opportunity for greatness. Then you can be grateful, but only now can you be great.
When the hour was dark, when nothing was externally right, there in the middle of a black, bleak night, what did Paul and Silas do? They sang songs of praise. And so intriguing was this to their fellow prisoners that when an earthquake caused the prison doors to open, they chose to stay in the dungeon with Paul and Silas rather than to flee, to remain imprisoned physically in order that their souls might be set free (Acts 16).
So too, you who are in a dungeon financially, relationally, or physiologically have a unique opportunity to show us greatness. And once this experience is over, you’ll never have the same opportunity again.
“I want to be like David,” we say. “I’d like to grab some stones and nail Goliath.” You can. There’s a huge giant before you, a giant headache, a giant heartache, a giant problem. Are you going to be like Saul and his men, murmuring and complaining, depressed and discouraged? Or are you going to praise the Lord in the face of the giant who seems to stomp up and down the valley of your life day after day? Ninety-nine percent of people will choose to be like Saul. This is your chance, however, to be a David.
The difficulties in the lives of any great man or woman in Scripture weren’t pleasant, weren’t easy. We know how their stories end - Joshua, Deborah, Gideon, Jeremiah, David, and Paul - but when they were living out their stories, their trials were every bit as brutal as your situation. Yet, they chose by God’s grace to be great, to be heroic. And we are the richer for it.
When there’s an ugly giant before you, or prison bars all around you, it’s your chance to be great. Don’t miss it, because, although opportunities for greatness come to everyone, they usually only come once or twice in a lifetime. Will your story be one of mediocrity, or one of greatness? It all depends on what you do this side of the Red Sea.
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar By Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy.If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar By Day" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store.