As the sea closed in and the waters settles back down, the Israelites sang a song of thanks to God. As a community, they worshipped God. Song has a way of uniting us too. At a gathering, there are certain songs we all know and these songs draw us together.
Song also carries along our history or common story. Songs are sung over and over as a way to remember. Songs can also bring us back to another time or place – this song reminds you of your wedding or that song reminds you of Christmas or Easter. Music is a reminder of who we are and brings us back into community.
Songs are also connectors. Songs connect us to God as we lift our praises to Him. One can just get lost in a song and find oneself in God’s presence. Song also connects us to the people we are physically present with in worship. It binds us young and old, rich and poor, into a people gathered as one. When we worship and sing together, God is present.
Scripture reference: Exodus 15: 1-11b and 20-21