When Moses and the Israelites saw what God had done in the wilderness, they immediately lifted up their voices in praise.
I will sing to the Lord,
For He has triumphed gloriously!”Exodus 15:1
The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I wll praise Him.
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.Exodus 15:2
The Lord shall reign forever and ever.Exodus 15:18
Then in Exodus 15:20, we find that Miriam, a prophetess and the older sister of Moses and Aaron, grabs a timbrel and leads the women in praise and worship with singing, instruments, and dance.
“Sing to the Lord,
For He has trimphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider
He has thrown into the sea!” (v. 21)
This is the first mention of Miriam since she watched over baby Moses in his basket in the Nile, but we see now that not only are her brothers prophets, but she is a prophetess as well. And she’s a natural leader as she led the women in worship, and they all followed her lead.
If we weren’t keeping up with the passing of time, we would assume from this passage that Miriam was a young woman caught up in the excitement of the moment. In fact, Miriam was 80-years-old. She’d witnessed the death of Hebrew boys. She’d participated in the saving of her little brother Moses. She’d served the women in Egypt while Moses was living his life in Midian. And now, she was following her brothers in leading the Hebrew nation to the Promised Land. Miriam celebrated God’s goodness, and all the women rejoiced with her.
May we take the time today to reflect on the many ways God has blessed us and may we celebrate His goodness.
Read the Story: Exodus 15
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