Gloriously Triumphant

Right after Israel was delivered out of Pharaoh’s hands Moses and the children of Israel sang a song to The LORD.

"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." [Ex 15:1-2]

Just like God triumphed gloriously for the Israelites in bringing them out of Egypt with wonders and plagues and then splitting the Red Sea and having them walk in the midst of it, so too Jesus Christ has triumphed gloriously. Jesus triumphed in the cross. Through the “foolishness of the cross” Jesus triumphed: in the very thing the enemy used to destroy Him, He overcame and conquered mightily. He not only triumphed but He absolutely spoiled the enemy, defeating satan, death, sin, and the law.

"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." [Col 2:13-15]

Jesus made a public display of our demonic enemies – not showing any mercy. The LORD says in Hosea, “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; o grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.” But in contrast to what He did in Moses’ day, God did not throw our enemies into the sea. No, He threw His One-and-only-unique Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus says,

"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His One and Only Unique Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." [Jn 3:14-16]

And Micah says,

"He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will tread upon our iniquities, and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." [Micah 7:19]

And Paul says,

"For he hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." [2 Cor 5:21]

Jesus was thrown into the sea of God’s wrath. And in that throwing, He triumphed gloriously, resurrecting to never die again. Jesus says, “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hades and death.” [Rev 1:18]

Through Christ Jesus’ actions, we have strength. Because He resurrected and lives within us by His Holy Spirit, in every circumstance good or bad, rich or poor, full or hungry, “In all things [we] have strength in the one filling [us] with power/ability.” [Phil 4:13] And He is also our song; for Paul writes, “and be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be being filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to The Lord.” [Eph 5:18-19]

Right along with Moses and the children of Israel we can boldly proclaim, “The LORD is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation.” Jesus Christ has “triumphed gloriously” in acquiring our salvation, in His acts of redemption. And notice what Moses goes on to say: “I will prepare Him an habitation.”

Just as Moses made the tabernacle, and Solomon the temple, so too we make God a habitation. That habitation in our very own body!

"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Corner Stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together growth unto an holy temple in The Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through The Spirit." [Eph 2:19-22]

"Know ye all not that ye all are the temple of God, and that The Spirit of God dwelleth in you all?" [1 Cor 3:16]

"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people." [2 Cor 6:16]

God desires to dwell in us! He doesn’t desire a building, but He desires a man! That is why we must strive to be of a poor and broken/contrite spirit and to fear God’s word. Humbleness and obedience. The LORD says,

"Thus saith The LORD, the heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool: where is the house that ye build unto Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith The LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My word." [Isa 66:1-2]

CONCLUSION

The LORD desires to dwell within us and that is possible through Jesus Christ’s glorious victory on the cross. We must bow before Him in submission; kneel to Christ in brokenness and obey His word; fear His word. What an amazing truth that the God of all the universe would grant us such a privilege to bear His Spirit! We, like Moses, can prepare a habitation for God! We can prepare our very own bodies, spirits, for His Holy Spirit. It is done through poorness and contriteness of Spirit and fearing His word.

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