The Israelites were under Egyptian captivity for what seemed like eternity to them. They had not felt God during their life of slavery. The God we know was known to them as the God of Jacob or the God of Abraham and even the God of their fathers. They identified Him as a God who helped their ancestors, but not them.


He hadn’t released them from their bondage, so why should He be known as their God? How many times do we see God working in other people’s lives, but not our own? We just sit... waiting. Wondering when He is going to move. Sometimes we question His existence. We’ve waited long enough, and our patience is running out. That’s exactly what the Israelites were feeling. They were DONE waiting.


Then God sent Moses. Things began to change. The drought was about to be over. During the exodus and their journey from the Egyptians, they were finally starting to see God work in their lives. After God hurled their enemies into the Red Sea and delivered the Israelites into their freedom, they stood and looked at what God had just done. They collectively began to sing the Song of the Sea.

“Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:

‘I will sing to the Lord,

   for he is highly exalted.

Both horse and driver

   he has hurled into the sea.

2 “The Lord is my strength and my defense;

   he has become my salvation.

He is my God, and I will praise him,

   my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

3 The Lord is a warrior;

   the Lord is his name.

4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his army

   he has hurled into the sea.

The best of Pharaoh’s officers

   are drowned in the Red Sea.

5 The deep waters have covered them;

   they sank to the depths like a stone.

6 Your right hand, Lord,

   was majestic in power.

Your right hand, Lord,

   shattered the enemy.’”  

- Exodus 15:1-6


“He is MY God, and I will praise Him.” God was their God. He wasn’t just the God of their fathers, of Jacob, of Abraham, of their ancestors…. He was theirs. He is yours. He will hurl what you are enslaved to into the mighty waters. He will set you free. You don’t have to wait anymore because He’s been there all along. He is YOUR God.