Saved and Delivered
So the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore . . . Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and spoke, saying: “I will sing to the Lord, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him. Exodus 14:30-15:1-2 NKJV
The song that Moses and the children of Israel sang is undoubtedly the oldest recorded song in the world. It was a festive song celebrating God’s victory over Pharaoh. After having been saved and delivered from the bondage of Egypt, Israel lifted their voices loud—with great joy—to celebrate being saved and delivered.
What God did for Israel is a picture and a parallel of what it means to be saved and delivered in Christ Jesus. When God saves and delivers, He delivers you from something to something. And, between the “from and to”, He carries you through. Just like He did for Israel: God saved and delivered Israel from the bondage, degradation, and destitute of slavery by destroying Pharaoh and his army; then God led them Israel through a wilderness onto the Promise Land.
The words for salvation in the Old Testament (yeshuwah) and the New Testament (soteria) are parallel in their definitions. Both of these words mean to save, to deliver, to rescue victory, prosperity, and safety. When God saves and deliver, He becomes your Source—an overflowing fountain (John 4:14; 7:37-38). And, when God saves and delivers, He changes your life for the better. No longer are you in a spiritually dark “Egypt” forced to make bricks with out straw, but rather, you are brought to a “well of salvation” where you can draw from the living waters that never run dry (Isa. 12:3).
Also, when you’re saved and delivered, your life changes, and that positive change convinces people of Christ’s power. Your greatest testimony is not the one you may give at church, but it is the difference others see in your life since your salvation (Acts 4:12, 13). Salvation and deliverance is a significant change and transition in your life which consist of: (1) God’s qualification of you; (2) God’s deliverance of you from evil; (3) God’s rescue of you from darkness to His kingdom in light; (4) God’s redemption of you; and most importantly, (5) God’s forgiveness of your sins (Col. 1:12-14).
The above song that Moses and the children of Israel sang was a proclamation of God great salvation and deliverance: “the Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him”!