The songs of Moses are mentioned three times in Scripture. The first song was sung by Moses and the Children of Israel after they reached the other side of the sea; with Pharoah and his army in hot pursuit. As we know, the sea collapsed on Pharoah and his army, killing all of them (Exodus 15).
The song of Moses was sung again, forty years later as the Children of Israel were preparing to enter the Land of Promise. There is a variation to the song as sung by Moses. The difference is interesting and prophetic. We know that Moses was not allowed to enter into the Land.
The song of Moses is mentioned again in Revelation 15. This will be sung near the end of the Age of mankind being in charge of his own affairs; living in rebellion against the Creator of all things. The words are beautiful.
Below are the full songs by Moses as given in Scripture. I feel they paint a picture of the failure of mankind to be what they should be in God. We, and Israel, have fallen short of our calling and possibilities in God. But He is a God whose mercies are renewed with the dawning of each day. The progression of events mentioned in the songs are of great interest.
Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD,
and spake saying, I will sing unto the LORD,
for He hath triumphed gloriously:
the horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea.
The LORD is my strength and song,
and He is become my salvation:
He is my God,
and I will prepare Him an habitation;
my father's God,
and I will exalt Him.
The LORD is a man of war;
the LORD is His name.
Pharoah's chariots and his host hath He cast into the sea;
his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.
The depths have covered them;
they sank into the bottom as a stone.
Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power;
Thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
And in the greatness of Thine excellency Thou hast overthrown them that rose up against Thee;
Thou sentest forth Thy wrath,
which consumed them as stubble.
And with the blast of Thy nostrils the waters were gathered together,
the floods stood upright as an heap,
and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.
The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake,
I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them;
I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.
Thou didst blow with Thy wind, the sea covered them;
they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
Who is like unto Thee, O LORD, among the gods?
Who is like Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
Thou strectchedst out Thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.
Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which Thou hast redeemed;
Thou hast guided them in Thy strength unto Thy holy habitation.
The people shall hear, and be afraid;
sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.
Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed;
the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them;
all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.
Fear and dread shall fall upon them;
by the greatness of Thine arm they shall be as still as a stone;
till Thy people pass over, O LORD,
till the people pass over, which Thou hast purchased.
Thou shalt bring them in,
and plant them in the mountain of Thine inheritance,
in the place, O LORD, which Thou hast made for Thee to dwell in,
in the Sanctuary, O LORD,
which Thy hands have established.
The LORD shall reign forever and ever.
For the horse of Pharoah went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea,
and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them;
but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.
* Three days later when the Children of Israel became thirsty they began to grumble and complain against Moses at the waters of Marah. Three days prior they were singing and praising in this song! God did not forget this. He mentions this to Moses later on in their travels. It was their first test, and they failed.
* But, thank God, He is gracious and ready to forgive. He turned the water sweet and the people were satisfied; for the time being. How often in my walk have I been blessed only to face another issue a day or two later and doubts and fears are the first thing to pop into my mind. I am working on making each new obstacle a chance for God to again deliver me. I am learning to give Him praise as soon as the trial begins! The Bible says that God inhabits the praise of His people. If I want Him to be with me always, I should praise Him always; this way I become His habitation, not from time to time, but continually. Praise Him without ceasing!
THE SECOND TIME THE SONG OF MOSES IS MENTIONED - DEUTERONOMY 32
( notice the changes from the first song )
And Moses spake in th ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended:
Give ear, O ye heavens,
and I will speak;
and hear, O earth,
the words of my mouth.
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, My speech shall distil as the dew,
as the small rain upon the tender herb,
and as the showers upon the grass;
Because I will publish the name of the LORD;
ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
He is the Rock, His work is perfect;
for all His ways are judgment;
a God of truth and without iniquity,
just and right is He.
They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of His children;
they are a preverse and crooked generation.
Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise?
Is not He thy Father that hath bought thee?
hath He not made thee, and established thee?
Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations;
ask thy father, and he will show thee;
thy elders, and they will tell thee.
When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance,
when He separated the sons of Adam,
He set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.
For the LORD'S portion is His people;
Jacob is the lot of His inheritance.
He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness;
He led him about, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.
As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young,
spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings;
So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.
He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields;
and He made him to suck honey out of the rock;
Buter of kine, and mild of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan,
and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape.
But Jeshurun waxed fat, (prosperity, ease, laziness ) and kicked; thou are waxen fat, thou are grown thick,
thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. ( they did not need Him )
They provoked Him to jealousy with strange gods,
with abominations provoked they Him to anger.
They sacrificed unto devils, not to God;
to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up,
whom your fathers feared not.
Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful,
and hast forgotten God that formed thee.
And when the LORD saw it He abhorred them,
because of the provoking of his sons and of his daughters.
And He said, I will hide My face from them,
I will see what their end shall be;
for they are a very froward generation,
children in whom is no faith.
They have moved Me to jealousy with that which is not God;
they have provoked Me to anger with their vanities;
and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people;
I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
For a fire is kindled in Mine anger,
and shall burn unto the lowest hell,
and shall consume the earth with her increase,
and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
I will heap mischiefs upon them;
I will spend Mine arrows upon them.
They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat,
and with bitter destruction;
I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them,
with the poison of serpents of the dust.
The sword without, and terror within,
shall destroy both the young man and the virgin,
the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.
I said, I would scatter them into corners,
I would make the remembrance of them to cease among men;
Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy,
lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely,
and lest they should say, Our hand is high,
and the LORD hath not done all this.
For they are a nation void of counsel,
neither is there any understanding in them.
O that they were wise,
that they understood this,
that they would consider their latter end!
How should one chase a thousand,
and two put ten thousand to flight,
except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?
For their rock is not our Rock,
even our enemies themselves being judges. For their vine is of the vine of Sodom,
and of the fields of Gomorrah;
their grapes are grapes of gall,
their clusters are bitter;
Their wine is the poison of dragons,
and the cruel venom of asps.
Is not this laid up in store with ME,
and sealed up among My treasures?
To Me belongeth vengeance, and recompence;
their foot shall slide in due time;
for the day of their calamity is at hand,
and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
For the LORD shall judge His people,
and repent Himself for His servants,
when He seeth that their power is gone,
and there is none to shut up, or left.
And He shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,
which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings?
let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.
See not that I, even I am He,
and there is not god with Me;
I kill and I make alive;
I wound, and I heal;
neither is their any that can deliver out of My hand.
For I lift up My hand to heaven, and say, I live forever.
If I whet My glittering sword, and Mine hand take hold of judgment;
I will render vengeance to Mine enemies,
and will reward them that hate Me.
I will make Mine arrows drunk with blood,
and My sword shall devour flesh;
and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives,
from the beginning of revengers upon the enemy.
Rejoice, O ye nations, with His people;
for He will avenge the blood of His servants,
and will render vengeance to His adversaries,
and will be merciful unto His land and to His people.
And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people,
he and Hoshea the son of Nun.
* This song goes from the Children of Israel and their direct circumstances into prophecy for the end of days. In the end, after mankind has chosen every other god imaginable, God avenges Himself against the enemies of mankind. One of the greatest sins are unbelief in Him and His ability, on behalf of those who call themselves His people.
He speaks of wine, good times, success and prosperity being set up as gods, being the poison of dragons and the cruel venom of asps (serpents). He has laid up these poisons. He says they are stored up among His treasures.
There is a great enemy that seeks the destruction of the children of God. Were it not for the fierce anger of the enemy, God would let the enemy finish them off. God says were it not for the fact that the enemy himself would claim that he is more powerful than God, He may very well allow the destruction. This is how much God hates unbelief. He abhors it as one of the greatest sins.
At times, Messiah could not work great works because of the unbelief of people where He ministered during His time in Israel. This is a serious issue. This song of Moses is not just for the Children of Israel; it is for all who call themselves by the name of God. His anger burns against all who do not believe and who stray from His precepts.
The final song is the most triumphant! It is given in the Book of the Revelation of John. John observes a sea of glass mingled with fire; and those who had gotten the victory over the beast and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
Chapter 15 verse 3 says these " sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying-
Great and marvellous are Thy works,
LORD God Almighty;
just and true are Thy ways,
Thou King of saints.
Who shall not fear Thee, O LORD,
and glorify Thy name?
for Thou only art holy;
for all nations shall come and worship before Thee;
for Thy judgments are made manifest.
* what a beautiful ending for the history of mankind!
To spend eternity with the One who loved us so much that He gave all that He had so we could be with Him.
From the shore of the Red Sea, through the great wilderness of testing and trials, through the chastisements for disobedience and blessing for obedience, to the sea made of glass, mingled with fire...
Our God is an awesome God,
He reigns from Heaven above,
with mercy, truth and love
our God is an awesome God!