This is the first recorded song or hymn of the Hebrew nation which in and of itself is significant.
(Psalm 78:12-13; 106:7-12; 136:14-15) This hymn was a declaration that they belonged to God
and his deliverance was the seal of that declaration. The beginning and the end of the song is
the same is the declaration of that truth.
Once they grasped the reality of their deliverance, once they saw all the bodies strewn on the
shores of the Red Sea, they realized that they were truly free, then they believed and then they
sang. This is why we sing because we remember what God has done for us, how he has freed
us, and how we no longer have to be enslaved to sin and death, so we sing in response to all
that God has done in our lives as well. If we truly understand and see how God has been so
good and faithful in our lives just like the Israelites, we are going to sing. God acts and so we
We sing in response to God’s saving work. We come together to sing. We sing as a response to
something that has happened. This is unique to our faith. But the reason we sing is because we
recognize that God has already done something on our behalf. It is always responsive to what
God has done in human history. Isn’t this when Moses, Miriam, and the people start to sing,
worship, and praise—when they see the totality of God’s victory over the Pharoah and the
We also sing to reflect the glory of God. As we sing, we are reflecting back to God the radiance
of his glory and worth. Because in song, we are communicating to the world and to each other
the wonderous love of God our Savior. Not only is it true, but it is beautiful, and it always
reminds us to delight in the majesty and glory and splendor of God. So we sing to reflect the
glory of God’s worth. Singing helps us to realize the full reality of God.
Prayer: Father God, thank you that you have put a song in our hearts with your unfailing love
and abundant grace. May we always sing of your deeds and faithfulness all the days of our
lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.