Athlete, We Were Created For Joy

Read Exodus 15:1-21

Imagine turning around and looking back on the Red Sea and a lifetime of slavery.  Moments earlier, the clamor and roar of approaching soldiers, horses, and chariots could be heard in the distance, amidst the squeals of unknowing children and familiar voices of loved ones.  The waters recede over your tormentors (14:28).  All is quiet.  It’s over.  

In the peaceful relief, the new reality begins to sink in.  Joyful singing and dancing erupts.  “Who among the gods is like you, O LORD?  Who is like you — majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?”  These lyrics (15:11), reveling in the nature of God, stand tall in the middle of a song that looks back on God’s victory of Egypt and slavery (15:1-10) and looks ahead to their new life in God (15:13-18).

Questions for Reflection and Prayer

1. We were created for joy in God.  We were created to revel in the awesomeness of who He is.  Who is like God — majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?
2. Israel looks back and looks ahead as they worship.  Remembering God’s deliverance and looking ahead to our future with God are continual themes in Scripture.  They shape our present outlook and activity.  It’s when we forget the story in which we find ourselves that we wander from God.  How has God delivered you?  How is He delivering you this week?  What are you looking forward to, today?  How is your hope for the future shaping what you are living for today?

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