“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power,
your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.
In the greatness of your majesty you overthrow your adversaries.
Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed;
you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.
The Lord will reign forever and ever.” Exodus 15:1-2,6-7,11,13,18
“And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered.., standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
‘Great and amazing are your deeds,
O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!
Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.’” Revelation 15:2-4
At the time of Israel’s marvelous deliverance through the Sea from cruel slavery in Egypt, Moses led those delivered in song, exalting the majestic, wonder-working LORD. And at the end, as Revelation comes to a close describing the future, ultimate victory of the Almighty, his song is sung again. Wondrous deeds from beginning to end are cause of great and unending praise.
Our mighty Lord, Who is the same from first to last, does not change in any facet of His character, any manner of working His perfect will, any fulfillment of His promises. He is exquisite and exact in all He does, never easing in purpose, wavering in love, or waning in power. He can be trusted, He deserves exaltation. Every moment, every day. (Hebrews 13:8; 1 Peter 1:20; Revelation 22:13)
As one year comes to a close, will I take time to reflect back and trace His glorious deeds in my life, in those I love, in His church, in the world? Will I count displays of His grace, light shed in understanding, new lessons learned, deliverances from habits or sorrow’s choke? Do I recognize He is the Mighty One behind conviction, inspiration, enabling? Will I praise Him for immovable peace in storms, inexplicable songs in the night, bountiful provision in my meager desire, energy, offerings?
Will I choose to close this year with praise that covers all its shocks, losses, wastes, disappointments, regrets, and griefs? Will I gratefully sing of the omniscient, loving hand that gripped mine intractably through them all, and leads forward with hope and promise? The LORD Who has triumphed gloriously will ever do so, forging with us into a future He orchestrates with sovereign favor.
I lift high Your majesty and worth, O God. May I ever marvel and sing at Your glorious deeds.