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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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 The Israelites’ entire life of faith was centered on their deliverance at the Red Sea—when the Lord rescued them from bondage with “a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.”  Scripture always comes back to this moment.  

 

“Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by miraculous signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?” (Deut. 4:34).

 

“The Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt with mighty power and an outstretched arm, is the one you must worship” (2 Kings 17:36).

 

A very personal example of recounting the exodus can be found in Psalm 77—where a worship leader named Asaph was feeling discouraged. “I cried out to God for help,” he wrote. “When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted. . . .”

 

“Then I thought, Lord, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.  . . . The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed. . . . Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty water, though your footprints were not seen.”

 

If the Israelites always returned to their exodus from Egypt, which exodus should we as Christians always return to? How can praising God for what He’s done in the past make a difference in our lives today? (See 2 Chronicles 20 for an amazing example of the power of praise.)

 


Andy Nash

School of Journalism & Communication

Southern Adventist University