The Song, the Sorrow, and the Water-springs

Alec Motyer

READ : Exodus 15:1-27

You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance. (v. 17 NIV)

“The Song of Moses and the Lamb” really belongs in Revelation 15:3, where it is sung by the victors over the satanic beast. But Exodus 15 offers a preview. The Egyptian “beast” lies dead, and Moses voices the glad response of those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. This is what singing always means in the Bible—joy in the Lord’s saving acts. He has done it all; therefore, we are glad (Psalm 126:3). So this great song is all about what the Lord has done (vv. 1-10), who the Lord is (vv. 11-12), and what the Lord will do (vv. 13-18). Our part is merely to sing.

But the Lord is not only the God of our salvation; he is also the God of daily provision. So when Israel came to the place of bitter disappointment (v. 23), lo and behold, the remedy was already there, waiting for them (v. 25). It was a miracle of divine anticipatory providence.

And then, having provided water for the journey, see where the Lord brought them next—the oasis of Elim (v. 27)! The Lord’s pilgrims are his “protected species,” not immune from hazards but provided for in them.


Teach me, Lord, to rejoice in your salvation, walk in your way, expect your provision.