Exodus 15: Posture of Worship

It’s crazy to think how powerful God truly is… (i.e.,. He just split a sea!!!) In Chapter 15, Moses leads the children of Israel in a song after crossing the Red Sea because—why wouldn’t you be singing and worshipping after an experience like that? They sing about God’s character, about His triumphs, and their deliverance. After, they went into the wilderness and went three days with no water. When they came to Marah, they found water, but it was bitter. Moses cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed Moses a log, which he threw in the water, and it was made sweet.

“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.
Exodus 15:2

There are so many great acts of God in Exodus, yet it seems like in our culture today we seem to forget about how powerful God truly is and who we’re devoting our lives to. We forget that we’re worshipping a King greater than all kings. Chapter 15 is the first recorded song in the Bible, and I think that it is an excellent example of how we should posture ourselves in worship. I can’t imagine the Israelites singing this song in a mundane tone, no joy, and no expression. I picture them shouting, hoot-n-hollering, and expressing their total gratitude to a God who saved them. In the same way, God saved us by sending His own Son to die on the cross! When we worship, it’s a moment we have with God. Show some expression! Declare God’s triumph! Show some gratitude to the One whom we worship! Start practicing now because we’ll be singing the same song as Moses and the Israelites in heaven, as it says in Revelation:

“I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. They held harps given them by God and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb:

“Great and marvelous are your deeds,
    Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
    King of the nations.”
Revelation 15:1-3 (NIV)

If you need some tips on practicing a physical posture of worship, I found this photo for you 🙂


— JR

Application Questions

Do you have a personal experience in mind where you encountered God’s deliverance? How did you feel or what was your reaction?

How is your posture of worship? Is there anything that holds you back from being an expressive worshipper?