Today’s Scripture Selection: Exodus 15:2

“….He is my God, and I will praise him….”

It is one of the most basic things we are called to do – offer our praise to God.

Too often believers and their respective churches get into arguments about how best to do this.

How often have I heard brothers and sisters in Christ fight with each other, as only “devout” believers can, about the “right” and “wrong” way to worship.

But here, in Moses’ great song of celebration, is it all put wonderfully simple:

“I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted.  The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.  The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.  He is my God and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”

What prompted such heartfelt adoration and praise?

God saved Moses and the people when their backs were, literally, against the sea.

They were, so the great story goes, led across that sea bed on dry ground, while the waters stood apart from them and so they were rescued from pharaoh’s army hot in pursuit.

If such a miracle wouldn’t prompt praise – what could?

Perhaps that is why we find ourselves sometimes caught up in argument instead of praise.  We have simply forgotten the great redemption of a great God.

“Praise Him from whom all blessings flow….”

The Doxology has it right.

Of all the things we are called to do as God’s people – surely praise – heartfelt and direct – should be at the top of the list.

Prayer: Lord, like your people through the ages, I lift my voice in heartfelt praise and thanksgiving.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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