Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Deborah Rejoices

When God delivered the Israelites from the cruel hands of King Jabin and Sisera, the first thing Deborah and Barak did was to worship and praise God. In Judges 5 we find the “Song of Deborah”. 

Deborah’s song of praise provides a glimpse into just how desperate their situation was. She explains how the people hid in fear, afraid to venture out onto the highways until God redeemed them. 

She points out how the rich and the poor, all have reason to rejoice. 

She lists the enemies and all the trials faced by God’s people. 

She praises Jael for her courage in defeating Sisera. 

Then she zooms in on Sisera’s mother. She presents the victory from the eyes of the army commander’s mom waiting at home for him to return victorious from battle. Only he won’t return. 

Deborah closes with a petition to the Lord.

“So may all your enemies perish, O LORD! But your friends be like the sun as he rises in his might.” (Judges 5:31 ESV)

The chapter concludes by letting us know that after the battle, the Israelites had rest for forty years.

In times of great disobedience and lack of trust in God, Deborah shined as a woman strong in her faith. She listened when God spoke. She shared what He told her. She followed His commands, and when He delivered on His promise, she rejoiced and praised. 

May we today find comfort and encouragement in Deborah’s song. Like Deborah, may we follow God in the good times and bad. May we speak the truth, even when the truth is unpopular. And in times of victory, may we give God the glory and praise He deserve.

Read about Deborah rejoicing in Scripture: Judges 5

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