Exodus 15:2

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.  NIV

Strength is the opposite of a weakness.  Worry is a weakness.  This morning, I looked up “strength” in my concordance, and I found this verse.

It is part of a song that the Israelites sang to the Lord after He had obliterated the Egyptians by closing the Red Sea in over the heads of the warriors.

I love this verse … not only do they recognize God as their strength, but also as the source of rejoicing.  I also love that “he has become my salvation.”  There’s that fresh recognition that they have been saved from a horrible fate by the Holy Father.  In my experience, that recognition is a combination of relief that the peril has been removed, and delighted astonishment that God would care enough to have removed it.  I’m not certain why those two feelings come together … as I think about it, the second likely stems from a lack of trust.

I also love the last part.  The Israelites had other Gods to choose from, but, they chose the God of Abraham.

The Message translates the first part of this verse as an exclamation, “God is my strength, God is my song, and yes! God is my salvation.” MSG

What a perfect thought to start the day.

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