The Israelites had just witnessed one of the most famous miracles in the Bible, the parting of the Red Sea. They saw the walls of water towering over head as they crossed the sea on dry land. They saw the water come crashing down, once they were safe, drowning every single one of the Egyptians that were chasing them. They saw the Lord rescue them!
In Exodus 15 Moses and the Israelites burst into a beautiful, powerful, spontaneous song of praise to The Lord, giving Him all of the glory for their victory. They sing of His strength, His greatness, His majesty, His splendor, His awesomeness, and His unfailing love. They include all of the details of what happened at the Red Sea and they prophesy through their song that their enemies will hear what the Lord did to the Egyptians and they will tremble with fear, terror and dread will fall upon them.
Fast forward 40 years and flip over 3 books to Joshua chapter 2 and we find the prophesy being fulfilled. Joshua has sent two Israeli spies into the city of Jericho. They end up in the home of a prostitute named Rahab. They must not have been very sneaky spies because the King of Jericho found out where they were staying and told Rahab to bring them in. Rahab covered for the spies. She told the King they had already left when she was actually hiding them on her roof.
Why did she do this? Why didn’t she just give the spies up? She tells us in verses 9-11, 9 “I know the Lord has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone in the land is living in terror. 10 For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. 11 No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below.
Rahab did what she did because she feared the Lord. The song of praise, history, and prophesy the Egyptians sang all of the those years ago had somehow made it onto her playlist and was one of those songs that you just can’t get out of your head. Because of that song she knew how faithful God was. She knew how much He loved His people, and she knew that things did not turn out well for the people who made themselves enemies of Him. She played a huge roll in helping the Israelites take the land that God had promised them.
Joshua 2:24 The Lord has given us the whole land,” they said, “for all the people in the land are terrified of us.”
God wants to give you the things He has promised you! Begin to sing a song of praise, history, and prophesy to remind yourself and your enemy how faithful your God is. Sing it over and over. Get it stuck in your head and get it stuck in the devil’s head. As you sing God will be praised, your faith will be built up, and your enemy will be shaking in his boots.
- When we sing praise it glorifies God.
- When we sing praise it terrifies our enemy.
- We we sing praise it grows our faith!
- The challenge to write a song or poem filled with praise, history and prophesy for me personally.
- My favorite line from my favorite song right now “Sing praise, we sing praise, til enemies know how faithful you are.” – Walls, by Cody Carnes.
- Pastor Robert talked about the song in Exodus 15 in his message this weekend. I loved reading it this morning.
- Another packed house at Gateway Frisco this morning.
- Hearing tons of 5 years olds yell as loud as they can, “By His stripes, we were healed!!”
- Left over chili for lunch.
- Gus cracking me up quoting so much of that NFL bad lip reading thing. He’s hilarious!
- Josh had some really powerful 5th & 6th grade classes this weekend.
- The beautiful weather today!
- Got to take the kids on a bike ride.
- Sweet text from my cousin Lindsay.
- Sweet e-mail from my friend Kristi.
- Relaxing Sunday afternoon.
- Got to catch up with a dear friend this evening.
- The kids were pretty quiet and well behaved while we visited.
- Hearing my husband speak with such wisdom and love.
- His heart to help people.
- Josh made me a yummy turkey grilled cheese for dinner.
- Beau has a fun little M&M dispenser to dispense her potty training rewards tomorrow thanks to my friend Sayra.
- Our campus is adding a 4 o’clock service in Feb!
- I can shine my iPhone on Gus and give him 3 or 4 kisses on his sweet little face when I check on him before bed and he just keeps right on sleeping.
- Beau asked me to sing “Itsy Bitsy Spider Song” in her adorable little voice about 20 times today.