"Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to God, giving voice together…" Exodus 15:1 (TM)
Reading this song of Moses brings back memories. I sang a version of the chorus of this song as a young person in youth group. How cool to think that a song which is thousands of years old is being sung in one way or another today. What God did is still being celebrated. He is still being glorified for it.
But isn’t that the power of music as a method of communication? Music is so powerful because a simple melody combined with the lyric gets fixed in your mind. I often hear people say they can’t memorize, but they’re still humming the words to some song that was on in the background of the department store. Have you ever been humming a song to yourself and you think to yourself, "I never consciously set out to memorize this song, but I know most of the words by heart!"
It’s also powerful in reminding us of a time and place. Madison and I were in the car the other day and a song came on the radio. "This reminds me of 6th grade," Madison said with a smile and a chuckle at the memory. Don’t you do the same thing. A song takes you back to childhood, to high school, or even to a specific moment or event in time.
No wonder God tells us to worship him with song.