And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

“You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron” (Ps.77:20).

This 31st verse almost takes your breath away. It sounds quite daring. But then you remember it is the Bible itself saying this. We again see the Divine-human partnership. We also note the principle that God honours those who honour Him (1 Samuel 2:30); and he can raise up a human-being in the eyes of others, so that they follow that person’s lead. What God does is regularly mysterious to us, but it is His own business. The people “put their trust” in Moses, I believe, because they saw what God did as Moses obediently played his part.

But let’s not get too carried away. The court of public opinion is fickle and on more than one occasion this ‘congregation’ would give their leader cause for deep grief (e.g. 32:1). Let all leaders in God’s church take note and take heart. Like David, we must learn to encourage ourselves in the Lord. He is the source of everlasting encouragement – even when the stream of human support dries up.

On good days and bad, it is an enormous privilege to be used by God.