Compline: Prayer at the Close of Day
Sing to the Lord
1. For his greatness
2. For his grace
Text: Exodus 15:1-18
Who could compare a journey with such an incredible series of events? The people of Israel had just been eyewitnesses to 10 of the most powerful and horrific plagues one could ever imagine. The Nile River turning to blood. Infestations of frogs, gnats, and flies. Livestock dying. Boils. Hail. Locusts eating every crop in sight. Darkness covering all of Egypt except Goshen where the Israelites lived. Then the Israelites were ear-witnesses to the worst of them all as they heard weeping and wailing across the land from every parent whose firstborn son had died.
With Egypt in turmoil and Pharaoh devastated, the Israelites plundered the Egyptians and fled into the desert. Yet on their way powerful Pharaoh changed his mind and sent his army after them. Six hundred of the best chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt and all the army of this world superpower set out in angry pursuit. The Israelites were trapped. The Red Sea was sprawling out before them. The Egyptians were barreling down on the backs that they had whipped and beaten just days before.
What were they going to do? Where were they going to go? Did God bring them out to the desert to die? Moses responded: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Read the rest of this entry