Songs of Deliverance

timbrelThen Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine and led the women in dances.  And Miriam sang this song: Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously.
The horse and rider have been drowned in the sea. (Exodus 15:20-21 TLB)

One of the Bible stories I really liked as a child was an aftermath story…of the rejoicing done by the children of Israel, when they reached the other side of the Red Sea and God had wiped away the enemy who’d been in hot pursuit of them. They were delivered from slavery and they were going to stay that way. Miriam, sister of Moses, was a worship leader that day! Tambourine in hand, she and a throng of others danced and sang an impromptu song of thanksgiving and praise to the Lord for what He had done. Being musical since my early childhood, that woman dancing, writing songs, and playing an instrument intrigued me…and she still does.

God has delivered all of us from circumstances where the evil one would surely have conquered us without the Lord’s intervention. Take time today to look behind you, just long enough to take stock of what He’s brought you out of. Sing some simple words just from your heart; they don’t have to rhyme or have meaning to anyone else (and they don’t even have to be in tune!), even if it’s nothing more than, “Thank You, God, for taking care of me.” Then rejoice…for you are delivered from slavery and you’re never going back! You may not have reached your destination today; it may yet be a long journey ahead, but you have evidence already that GOD IS FAITHFUL! Have a blessed day, friends, and be thankful for it.

You are my hiding place from every storm of life; you even keep me from getting into trouble! You surround me with songs of victory.  (Psalm 32:7 TLB)

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