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Lift Up The Lord

It is so good to lift up the Lord God in prayer and rejoice in His holy Name. The ways of God are higher than our own and no man is more powerful. There is nothing like Him, for He is majestic in every form of the word. Just to be under His care brings so much peace to our hearts. His hands have gone before us and protected us from the enemy and have made our paths straight. Sin no longer has a strong hold on our lives, for Jesus, our God, has delivered us from temptation and sanctified us through His blood. This is because 1“the Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name” (Exodus 15:3) who protects His sheep from the captives. The Shepherd calls His elect and we listen. This we know, for His mercy is for us and everyone that draws near unto Him for salvation. God’s compassion was also upon the children of Israel, as He set them free from the captives. His love is for them and for everyone that calls upon His Name. Moses and the children of Israel knew this, as they sang aloud, 1“I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” (Exodus 15:1,2) This they sang with all their heart, for God was their King and deliverer from the enemy. His salvation was upon them and they were made glad.

The children of Israel knew that the enemy wanted to take them down and destroy them, but their faith stood strong in the heat of the battle. In their songs to God, did they sing, 1“the enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters. Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them. Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.” (Exodus 15:9-13) It was God’s hand that they saw and lifted up, as they were delivered from the enemy. No person could have done what God did for them and therefore, the Lord was glorified. In Him, was much thanks given. Praise God for their trust in Him and to give Him the glory. So many times this is forgotten and ourselves and other people are lifted up instead. May our faith be like these people, who saw God’s hand and praised Him for all He had done. As they said, I will also sing, 1“the Lord shall reign for ever and ever.” (Exodus 15:18) 1“Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously.” (Exodus 15:21) Because of the Lord God, I am redeemed. Thank You Jesus!

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people of all ages will see Your good works in their lives and give You the glory. It is Your hand that has allowed us to be safe from the enemy and no other person could do this for us. Your power is real and has given us hope, while other people have failed us. When hope could not be found, You have stepped in and lighted up our lives. Even when we felt like giving up, You continue to pursue us and strengthen us as we pray. It is a blessing and an honor to have Your counsel in my life and to be shown the right way to live. By our own flesh, we were on a rocky path that only led to destruction and death, but with Your good works in our lives we are on the path of righteousness that leads to eternal life. Nothing can take us down when You are going before us in battle. Thank You Lord. Thank You Jesus for dying on the cross, that we might be sanctified by Your blood. Truly, there is redemption for all sins when confessions are made, because You have paid the debt for us all. You are so merciful and kind. How gracious are Your ways. Your compassion has no end. My soul sings to You, my God. I love Your ways, for they are holy and righteous. There is no more shame when I am living by Your hand in my life. Guilt has fled from my soul, for Your holiness has taken over me. All I want is more of You, God, and less of me. May Your presence fill my life. I give You the glory, Lord. You truly are my King and I lift You up above all things. My life is greater, because You are in it. I love You Lord. All the praise and glory to Your holy Name. Amen.

Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.

1Exodus 15 (KJV)
1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
2 The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
3 The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name.
4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.
5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.
6 Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O Lord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
7 And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.
8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.
9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.
10 Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
11 Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
12 Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.
13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.
14 The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.
15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.
16 Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O Lord, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased.
17 Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.
18 The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.
19 For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the Lord brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.
20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
21 And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.
23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
25 And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
27 And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.

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