Has the Lord ever given you a big victory in your life? How did you respond? Maybe the better question is how did you respond when you prayed so diligently and faithfully and God did not deliver you (from your perception)?
The Israelites just got to witness and take part in one of the premier events in history. They were captive to the most powerful government in the world and saw their God show himself more powerful than their “gods” in several ways. God sent Moses who faithfully obeyed, brought the plagues among the Egyptians (strategically taking out their gods one by one as each plague represented an Egyptian god showing who the one true God is), being released by pharaoh and being chased by him. Having no where to turn they Moses turns to God who literally parts the raging red sea and they walk across on dry ground before it consumes Pharaoh’s army. This is an amazing, abnormal, supernatural event that they just were a part of. Their God showed himself most powerful. So how did they respond in this victory? They sang and PRAISED the God who is like no other “god”.
“Who is like you, Oh Lord, Among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?” Exodus 15:11
They recognized God for who He was and what He had done and when they did this they were brought to no other response than praise. This is what should happen as J.I. Packer has said, “Theology (recognizing and understanding God) naturally leads to Doxology (worship).”
However, I think it is worth pointing out how quickly they forgot how big their God was. As they set out in the wilderness they had nothing to drink and began to “grumble”. After all this stuff they just witnessed and what God did for them they lost perspective of how big their God is.
Isn’t it great how big of a God we serve. How powerful, how majestic, how He is like NO other “god”. Spend some time today praising God for what he has done in your life. We are some of the most blessed people of all of history.
Questions for thought:
- Is God and His word your strength and song (v. 2) as he was to the Israelites?
- In what ways has God given you victory? Have you praised and thanked Him for it?
- Even when (from your perspective) God doesn’t give you “victory” do you still have an attitude of worship?
- We should not just aim to worship God when things are going well.
- Have you, like the Israelites, lost perspective of how big the God you serve is, the God of the UNIVERSE? If so, spend some time in prayer begging God for a perspective change.
Remember, as I remind myself everyday, these things we say and talk about are not just “feel good things” but ultimate reality. Praying for your day today from Chicago.
By: Nick Parsons