Week 1: Exodus 15:1-18

Exodus 15:1-18

1 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.

 2 “The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Exodus 15:1-18Dear God, thank you for remaining unchanging. What You have done in the past will continue to hold true in the future. Thank you for all of the people that you have placed in my life that I can turn to in times of trouble, and who will remind me of all the times You have shown Your great love in the Bible, in their lives, and in my own life.

 


3 The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name.

Dear God, please help me to keep the focus on You – Your strength, Your victory, Your glory – instead of on my own personal desires. Please help me to remember that some battles are Yours and Yours alone to fight. While I should always stand firm in my beliefs and continue praying to You, there are times when I should not take action. Please help me to acknowledge Your supreme knowledge and will when I cannot see a clear path.

 

4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaoh’s officers are drowned in the Red Sea.
5 The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone.
6 Your right hand, Lord, was majestic in power. Your right hand, Lord, shattered the enemy.

Dear God, please help me to see how limited my human viewpoint it. My “knowledge” of the situation and final resolutions is so limited. Imagine if Moses had told You how to defeat his enemies. Just as Moses could not have imagined the Red Sea swallowing his enemies, I cannot imagine the greatness you have in store for my own life. May my prayers not limit Your power and Your will by being overly specific and demanding.

7 “In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble.

Dear God, please help me to remember that someone who opposes me does not necessarily oppose You! Help me to see if it is my own will that is in opposition to Your will, and help me to keep myself and my actions in accordance with Your plan for my life.

 


Exodus 15:1-188 By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood up like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.

Dear God, please help me to remember that Your timing is always best. Just as you controlled “the blast of Your nostrils” at the Red Sea so that Moses and Your people were safe while Pharoah’s army was destroyed, I can trust You to control everything in my life for the best as well.

 


9 The enemy boasted, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.’
10 But you blew with your breath, and the sea covered them. They sank like lead in the mighty waters.
Exodus 15:1-1811 Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?

12 “You stretch out your right hand, and the earth swallows your enemies.
13 In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.

 

Exodus 15:1-18Dear God, how important it is to remember that “You have redeemed” Your people! It is not through my own actions, or through generations of inheritance, but only through Jesus Christ, Your Son, who died on the cross, that anyone is saved. While You “guide them to Your holy dwelling,” You will never force anyone to accept You or love You. Thank You for this unearned, undeserved, un-pay-back-able gift of redemption!

14 The nations will hear and tremble; anguish will grip the people of Philistia.
15 The chiefs of Edom will be terrified, the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling,
the people of Canaan will melt away;
16 terror and dread will fall on them. By the power of your arm they will be as still as a stone—until your people pass by, Lord, until the people you bought pass by.

Dear God, please help me to see obstacles in my life as opportunities to draw closer to You. Just as for Moses, through You, I can overcome all opposition as well. “Still as stone” sometimes will mean that I see mountainous obstacles, and sometimes will mean that I don’t see the camoflauged stone until I stumble on it. There will always be stumbling stones, but You can raise me up to pass by them. Not with my own strength and determination, but by remaining faithful to You and trusting in Your plan!

 


17 You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance—the place, Lord, you made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.

Dear God, please “plant me on the mountain of Your inheritance!” Help me to take nourishment from Your word and grow in Your love. If Heaven was built by You as a sanctuary for Yourself, then imagine my joy when You usher me in!

18 “The Lord reigns for ever and ever.”

prayerAmen.

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