The Song of Moses
Text: Exodus 14:30-15:21 (Listen to the sermon.)
Rescued people sing. Redeemed people sing. Christians sing. The Church sings. Not necessarily because we have great voices but because we have a great song.
Overview of Exodus. First half = rescue. Second half = worship. With the Egyptian army dead, the worship begins.
I. Why Sing?
- Singing is the second most frequently given command for Christian practice.
- Singing is a right response to God’s grace - we respond with belief, obedience and worship. Knowing, doing and adoring God make up the Christian experience.
- Singing strengthens our experience of grace. It is a spiritual discipline.
- Singing is a corporate requirement and builds others up. It contributes to the health of the church.
John Piper – “The reason we sing is because there are depths and heights and intensities and kinds of emotions that will not be satisfactorily expressed by mere prosaic forms or even poetic readings. There are realities that demand to break out of prose into poetry and some demand that poetry be stretched into song.”
C. S. Lewis, “I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed.”
II. What to Sing
A. Sing about the glory of God
The glory of God is an expression to describe when God’s holiness is put on display. To the degree that we recognize and see God’s attributes, we behold his glory. We behold God’s glory when we begin to grasp his worth, his beauty, his value, and his excellence.
B. Sing about his power of his enemies. (The Lord is a man of war)
C. Sing about his steadfast love for us.
III. Find Your Song -Make your own cover song.
“There are some songs that you don’t truly appreciate until another artist takes it on and makes it their own. Oftentimes the newer version draws out the original’s complexities in a way you never would have noticed before. Or maybe the first version is equally compelling, but the cover artist reimagined it with such grandeur that many don’t even realize it’s a new take on an old song.” Tess Duncan
- We sing about God’s glory - we’ve seen his glory displayed in and through his Son. We sing about our rescue
2. We sing about God defeating our enemies - the power of sin and death.
3. We sing about God’s redeeming, unfailing and steadfast love for us!
1. Every Christian has a song to sing;
If you no longer have to fear eternal separation from God, if death is merely the doorway to unspeakable joy, if sin has been conquered, hell is overcome, and Jesus has saved you to enjoy unending pleasures at God’s right hand, then you have a song to sing. And it’s a song that no trial, no disease, no struggle, no persecution, no power on earth or in hell can stop.” Bob Kauflin in True Worshipers
2. What if I can’t sing? Eph. 5:19 make melody with all your heart. Keep the focus on the song in your heart rather than your voice.
3. What if I don’t feel like singing?
While our tendency is to live in obedience to our feelings, God has given us the remarkable ability to govern our feelings. Singing becomes the means to lead us back into a place where our affections are aligned with our faith.
4. What if I feel like a hypocrite?
We sing the gospel. If there is unconfessed sin then make confession and repentance part of your song. Use the songs we sing to refresh your soul with gospel truth.
5. What if I’m distracted during corporate singing?
There are a thousand things to distract us from singing and there is almost always something not quite right at any given time. Acknowledge our weakness and ask for God’s help. If it’s a person, know that God accepts them. If it’s some flaw in the music or the room, that God takes pleasure in our imperfect worship if it's done with a sincere heart.