Let our praises go up
I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him—my father’s God, and I will exalt him! The Lord is a warrior; Yahweh is his name! Exodus 15:1-3
When the Israelites were led by Moses out of captivity from Egyptian bondage, they experienced the majesty and power of God. From the text, the people sang a hymn celebrating what God had accomplished. They were saved from Pharaoh, his army pursuing them, and the crossing at the Red Sea. The Israelites can’t help themselves responding to God’s blessings this was why they offered God their praise. Whenever God does something great, he deserves to be praised. When the mercy of God is experienced afresh and we are affected by it tremendously, God deserved to be praised. This is important for doing so will help us get sustained in the daily grinds of life. The fact is, no matter who we are, or what we do, we will be dealing with chores and as long as we are here on earth for they are with us to stay. Praising God for His faithfulness is what will keep us steadfast in our dependence and trust upon Him. David urged the Israelites to not neglect lifting up the name of God in praise for if the heart believes God’s promises, then acknowledgment must be made. “Then his people believed his promises. Then they sang his praise” (Psalm 106:12). Let us not forget that the God we believe does not only make promises, He performs and delivers His promises. When we cannot escape the hassles of life, let us always have a word of praise for the One who will sustain and strengthen us. No matter how much we will be busy this New Year dealing with the challenges of life, let us not neglect remembering God and His glorious grace that will help us withstand the long days that seemed will never end and those tedious roads that appeared will never bend.
Noel De Guzman