Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. (Exodus 15:1&2 NIV84)
I personally do not sing well, but I love to sing. As a pastor, I love (and hate) that a song writer can put into 3 minutes what I have trouble putting into 30 minutes. What a gift! I highly respect and honor those who are so creative and have the ability to put together meaningful lyrics and beautiful music which glorifies God and edifies the Body of Christ. Note in our verses for today that the dramatic rescue of the Israelites from Egypt moved Moses to creatively put his thoughts into song. He and the children of God began to sing praises to the God who guided, governed, and protected them during their deliverance. They broke into song, desiring to find a way to express their gratitude for God’s love and grace.
The same is true in worship today. We seek to find the words that properly express the depth of our appreciation for what God has done for us. We all have had a certain hymn or song that has significant meaning because of the circumstances we were experiencing in life around the time we heard or sang that song. These songs have a way of placing a marker in time. Years later they remind us of what the Lord did for us in our moment of great need. Praising God with music and singing is good for the soul. Through the singing our soul finds its connection to the divine. The hymns and songs allow us to properly connect to our own hearts and then to the very heart of God.
So, today and every day, may there be a song on your heart!