Let’s compare! Let’s look at the First worship song in the Bible, and then let’s look at the Last set of songs in the Bible. This could be very surprising.
God has just brought the Israelites out of Egypt through the works of His mighty hand. When they cross over the Red Sea and get to the other side, they emerge with a new song. They praise God for everything He has done…They praise Him for His Kindness towards them, and for His Severity shown on their enemies. Listen to the song as it was written:
Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the Lord, [a]and said,
“I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted;
The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.
2 “The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will extol Him.
3 “The Lord is a warrior;
The Lord is His name.
4 “Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea;
And the choicest of his officers are drowned in the Red Sea.
5 “The deeps cover them;
They went down into the depths like a stone.
6 “Your right hand, O Lord, is majestic in power,
Your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.
7 “And in the greatness of Your excellence You overthrow those who rise up against You;
You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff.
8 “At the blast of Your nostrils the waters were piled up,
The flowing waters stood up like a heap;
The deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea.
9 “The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil;
My desire shall be gratified against them;
I will draw out my sword, my hand will destroy them.’
10 “You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them;
They sank like lead in the mighty waters.
11 “Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
Awesome in praises, working wonders?
12 “You stretched out Your right hand,
The earth swallowed them.
13 “In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed;
In Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation.
14 “The peoples have heard, they tremble;
Anguish has gripped the inhabitants of Philistia.
15 “Then the chiefs of Edom were dismayed;
The leaders of Moab, trembling grips them;
All the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away.
16 “Terror and dread fall upon them;
By the greatness of Your arm they are motionless as stone;
Until Your people pass over, O Lord,
Until the people pass over whom You have purchased.
17 “You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance,
The place, O Lord, which You have made for Your dwelling,
The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.
18 “The Lord shall reign forever and ever.”
Why didn’t I highlight the whole song? Because in today’s blinding Christian culture we only sing the highlighted, positive kind of things. Remember, our mantra is “God is good all the time” (sweet, nice, friendly). Besides, those kind of lyrics would scare the children (as we dress them in their scary costumes).
This is the First song of worship recorded in the Bible. It is the foundational song of worship. We have left the foundation. We only worship one side of God. Did you know that when it comes to proportions, the Bible is filled with more verses about the dread, anger, and severity of God, than it is about His kindness, warmth, and joy? Agape Love has a fierce side. In Moses’s time, even the children were singing this song.
“But Brother Dan, we are not subject to God’s severity anymore, we’re under Grace. That is all we should sing and reflect upon.” Tell that to Ananias and Sapphira or King Herod in Acts 12.
Guess what? God has not changed from this foundation of worship. What will we sing in Heaven? There are two songs in the worship set of Heaven. One is the Song of the Lamb, and the other is the Song of Moses (Rev. 15:3). The Song of Moses is the first in the Bible, and it is among the last. God must really like this song. Do you think He will edit it? Even the Song of the Lamb has a lyric about the Fear of the Lord. You cannot sing the Song of the Lamb with full understanding unless you first sing the full song of Moses. Think about that!
Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.–Romans 11:22