“Pillar of Protection”
The leadership of the people of the Lord were leading in prayer.
They are recounting what the Lord had done for them.
“And with a pillar of cloud You led them by day,
And with a pillar of fire by night
To light for them the way
In which they were to go.
The Lord led them.
By day, He led with a pillar of cloud.
By night, He led with a pillar of fire.
Protection from the heat/sun.
Protection from the cold/desert.
The Lord lit the path that they were to go.
He does the same for us…if we allow.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
“You Divided and Hurled"
The people of the Lord are praying to Him, led by their leadership.
They are recounting what the Lord had done for them…
“You divided the sea before them,
So they passed through the midst of the sea on dry ground;
And their pursuers You hurled into the depths,
Like a stone into raging waters.
We know the story, but think for a moment.
Reflect upon it.
The Lord parted the sea before them.
He moved the water out of the way.
He then dried the ground.
The people passed through the midst of the sea…meaning, the water was on both sides of them as they walked across dry land.
They arrived safe on the other side.
Their pursuers chased them through the sea on the dry land.
The Lord brought the waters upon them.
Why then do we worry?
Why then do we fret?
If we are truly the Lord’s…
If we truly believe…
Then, we have nothing to fear.
The Lord is with us.
He will fight.
He will protect.
He is victorious!
The Levitical leadership continues to lead in prayer.
They continue to recount the great things the Lord has done for His people.
“You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt,
And heard their cry by the Red Sea.
“Then You performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh,
Against all his servants and all the people of his land;
For You knew that they acted arrogantly toward them,
And made a name for Yourself as it is this day.
The Lord saw how His people were afflicted.
The Lord heard the cry of His people.
He performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh.
He performed signs and wonders against the servants of Pharaoh.
He performed signs and wonders against the people of the land of Pharaoh.
The Lord made a name for Himself in that which He did for His people.
The people remembered.
They knew what the Lord had done for them.
Now, they are remembering…
The Levites continue to lead the people in prayer before the Lord.
They had thought this through.
They had planned.
The last verse of chapter 9 tells us…
“Now because of all this
We are making an agreement in writing;…
This is at the end of the prayer.
I believe they wrote out the agreement with prayer and presented it before the Lord.
Now, note what they prayed next…
“You are the LORD God,
Who chose Abram
And brought him out from Ur of the Chaldees,
And gave him the name Abraham.
“You found his heart faithful before You,
And made a covenant with him
To give him the land of the Canaanite,
Of the Hittite and the Amorite,
Of the Perizzite, the Jebusite and the Girgashite—
To give it to his descendants.
And You have fulfilled Your promise,
For You are righteous.
They declared that God is their Lord.
They speak of their founding forefather - Abram.
God brought Abram out from Ur of the Chaldees.
God named him Abraham - father of nations.
God examined Abraham and found him faithful.
God made covenant with Abraham.
Part of the covenant was a promise of land.
The Lord gave victory.
The Lord gave land.
The Land was given to Abraham and his descendants.
The Lord had fulfilled His promise.
Because He is righteous!