Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:

‘I will sing to the Lord,

    for he is highly exalted.

Both horse and driver

    he has hurled into the sea.

2 ‘The Lord is my strength and my defence;

    he has become my salvation.

He is my God, and I will praise him,

    my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

3 The Lord is a warrior;

    the Lord is his name.

4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his army

    he has hurled into the sea.

The best of Pharaoh’s officers

    are drowned in the Red Sea.

5 The deep waters have covered them;

    they sank to the depths like a stone.

I have to say I marvel that we have reached these Red Sea deliverance passages at this dramatic moment in history. I could not have planned or organised it. Until just a few days ago, we did not even know that an invasion of Ukraine would take place. So is it just coincidence that we are reading these words today? Well it could be, but you will no doubt sense my leanings are in another direction.

How good it is to be reminded that “The Lord is a warrior” and more than once, in Scripture, we see Him dealing with tyrants and their armies. We could say God has a ‘track-record’ in this area.The word “hurled” (coming twice inverses 1 and 4) is a strong word, and indicates the display of overwhelming power. Furthermore, Alec Motyer says that the idea behind “I will praise him” (2b) is that of decorating a war hero with military honours. God is our great ‘Hero’ and He is able to deliver His own from tyranny. Let’s keep reming ourselves that He is the same God today.

Earlier this morning (Tues 1st March) I was in a prayer meeting, where we praying mainly for the situation in the Ukraine, a verse came to mind:“Because you rage against me and because your insolence has reached my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will make you return by the way you came.” Isaiah 37:29. God spoke them to another cruel and ruthless tyrant, and did as He said.

I’m sure you will join me today in praying, ‘Do it again Lord! Do it again!!