Exodus 15:2 - Strength, Song, Salvation in Jesus!

Exo.15:2; Strength, Song, Salvation in Jesus!

Exo 15:2 (NIV) The LORD is my strength and my song; he has 
become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him 

In the previous chapter we have just read how that complete 
victory of Israel over the Egyptians was obtained, here we are told how 
it was celebrated; those that were to hold their peace while the 
deliverance was in working must not hold their peace now that it was 
wrought; ... They expressed their joy in God, and thankfulness to him, by 
singing... [Matthew Henry Commentary mod] 

These key elements in the psalm sung by Israel in 15:1-21 form 
the core of God's future redemptive revelation: (1) the Lord who is 
strong has become Israel's salvation (15:2); (2) the Lord is a warrior 
(15:3); (3) he is incomparable: (15:11); (4) he would plant Israel in 
his inheritance (15:17); and (5) the Lord is an eternal king 
(15:18). [New Bible Companion mod] 

This song is the most ancient we know of. It is a holy song, to 
the honour of God, to exalt his name, and celebrate his praise, 
[Matthew Henry Commentary] 

The focus of the song is God himself [NIV SB]

The divine name Yahweh ("the LORD") appears ten times. [NIV SB]

The abbreviated form of God's name, Yah, appears here (vs.2) for 
the first time in the OT narrative. It is occasionally used in 
poetic language on account of the rhythm, [SDA Commentary] 

Every man may call the Divine Being his GOD; but only those who 
are his children by adoption through grace can call him their 
FATHER. This is a privilege which God has given to none but his 
children. (Adam Clarke Commentary) 

Moses is expressing the deepest feeling of the true believer as 
he reflects upon the greatness of the Lord's salvation. [Believer's 

This is the first recorded song in the Bible, significantly 
coming after redemption from bondage. Only the Christian has a right to 
sing songs of redemption (Ps. 40:1-3). Exodus began with sighing 
(2:23), but because of redemption, we now see the nation singing. Note 
that this song exalts God, for the Lord is referred to at least 
forty-five times in these eighteen verses. Too many songs exalt men instead 
of the Person and holy character of God, and His wonderful works of 
power.  Note the key refrain in v. 2. It is repeated in Ps. 118:14, at 
the time the Jews returned from captivity and rebuilt the temple 
under Ezra, as well as in Isa. 12:2, referring to that day in the 
future when God will restore the nation to their land. See Isa. 
11:15-16. Israel sang this song when delivered from Egypt, led by Moses 
the prophet and when delivered from Babylon, led by Ezra, a priest. 
They will yet sing it when delivered from the Gentile nations, when 
they turn to Christ, their king. [Wiersbe Expository Outlines] 

Praise extols God's character and His works. It looks to past, 
present, and future. [Believer's SB] 

Psalms and hymns can be great ways to express relief, praise, 
and thanks when you have been through trouble. [Life Application 

You and I can decide to fill our homes and our thoughts with 
tunes that celebrate what God has done, who He is, and what He will 
surely do for us. This is one of the most important things we can do 
for our children as well as for our own spiritual growth and peace 
of mind. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

How judiciously are the members of this sentence arranged! He 
who has God for his strength, will have him for his song; and he to 
whom Yahwey has become salvation, will exalt his name. (Adam Clarke 

They have work to do, temptations to grapple with, and 
afflictions to bear, and are weak in themselves; but he strengthens them: 
his grace is their strength.  
They are often in sorrow, upon many accounts, but in him they 
have comfort, he is their song;  
Sin, and death, and hell, threaten them, but he is, and will be, 
their salvation: [Matthew Henry Commentary]