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.

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