You Versus I

Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying,

‘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.
The LORD is a man of war;
    the LORD is his name.

‘Pharaoh’s chariots and his host he cast into the sea,
    and his chosen officers were sunk in the Red Sea.
The floods covered them;
    they went down into the depths like a stone.
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;
    you send out your fury; it consumes them like stubble.
At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up;
    the floods stood up in a heap;
    the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.
The enemy said, “I will pursue, I will overtake,
    I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them.
    I will draw my sword; my hand shall destroy them.”
You blew with your wind; the sea covered them;
    they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

‘Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods?
    Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
    awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
You stretched out your right hand;
    the earth swallowed them.

‘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 15:1-13,18

When the I of man meets the You of God, God wins. He is supreme, all-powerful, in control. This song of Moses mentions Moses only once, that he will sing God’s praise. The only “I” is the boast of the enemy, who was swallowed by God, blown away by His breath.

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Who is like our glorious God? None! He alone is holy King, Victor, Lord!

What if we began every prayer with “You” instead of “we” or “I”? What would change in our outlook, attitude, and offering, if we began every day with “You,” concentrating on God Almighty, in praise and adoration proclaiming who He is? What if we recounted what He has done, instead of what I want? Life all about Him would drastically alter our focus, ignite our motives, and direct our thinking.

If we would begin our plans, our choices, our daily to-do list with ‘You are Lord and in charge, You know all things and orchestrate every interaction,’ how would our priorities change? If we would acknowledge ‘You own everything, have bestowed every spiritual blessing and every good gift,’ what kind of stewards and servants might we be? If we believe ‘Your plans are good and redemptive. You give wisdom, insight, love, and hope,’ how differently might we spend our hours? With whom would we communicate, and with what intentions? (1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Ephesians 1:3; James 1:17)

LORD, help me eliminate ‘I’ and elevate You. Make my life one of continual praise and constant trust in You, who alone are worthy to receive them.

One thought on “You Versus I”

  1. What a encouragement ! “ Life all about Him would drastically alter our focus, ignite our motives, and direct our thinking“. I love it ❤️

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