The Lord My Song (Exodus 15:2)

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The Lord My Song (Exodus 15:2). In Exodus 15, after God led the Israelites on dry ground through the Red Sea, then put the sea back in its place, destroying the Egyptian army, we read a song that Moses and the Israelites sang, which says in part, “The Lord is my Strength and my Song” (v.2).

The word translated “song” is “zimrath”, which means instrumental music and, by implication, praise. It’s used three times in the Old Testament, all to describe God. The other two instances are in Psal 118: 14 “The Lord is my strength and song and is become my salvation,” and in Isaiah 12: 2 “Behold, God is my salvation. I will trust and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.”

“Zimrath” comes from the Hebrew word “zamar”, which is one of the seven Hebrew words used for “praise” in the Bible. “Zamar” has the idea of striking something with the fingers, such as a musical instrument. It means to make music, accompanied by voice, so to celebrate in song and music to give praise or sing praises.

David wrote in Psalm 40:2, “(The Lord) has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.”

In Psalm 41: 8 , we read, “Yet the Lord will command His loving-kindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, a prayer to the God of my life.” And in Isaiah 30: 29, the propher writes “You shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and gladness of heart as when one marches in procession with a flute to go to the temple on the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel.”

The word translated “night” in both these verses is “layil,” which can literally mean night as opposed to day and also figuratively mean a night of gloom, adversity, or midnight season.

Scripture tells us that God not only gives us a song in the night but also that He Is our song.

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