After the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea on dry ground and Pharaoh’s army was drowned, what do you think they did? They wrote a song of thanksgiving and sang to the Lord! In Exodus 15:20 it tells us Miriam took a tambourine in her hand and led the women in singing and dancing. (Do you remember Miriam? She is Moses and Aaron’s sister and as far as we know she is the one who watched over Moses when he was in the Nile. The Bible does not mention another sister.)
Exodus 15:1-18 gives the full song, but here is a small piece:
By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood firm like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea. “The enemy boasted, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them…
But you blew with your breath, and the sea covered them. They sank like lead in the mighty waters. “Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you– majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?
They wrote a song that praised God and told the story of what He had done for them. They did this for 2 reasons. (1) To thank God for His care of them and (2) so they would remember His provision.
We should do both of these things. We should always say thank you when God (or anyone) does something for us. But we should also do something to help us remember what God has done. Many people keep a journal or a scrapbook of the big events in their lives. Maybe you should start keeping track of what God does for you. That way when Satan tries to tell you the lie that God doesn’t provide for you, you can look back and remember, just like the Israelites wrote this song as a reminder!
- Consider reading the entire song from Exodus 15:1-18 and try to write a song of thanksgiving for something God has done in your family.
- Help your child start a prayer journal (or a family one!) to record what they pray about and the outcomes. Start the journal with a list of things God has done recently in your lives!