Miriam: Dancing with Joy Before the Lord
By Joel B.
Exodus 15:20-21 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
Oh what a sight it must have been when Moses crossed the Red Sea with the Hebrew children and the walls of the sea came crashing down on their pursuers. The fear of being chased by a violent enemy had instantly subsided and turned to joy.
Sometimes I don’t know what I’m going to write about minutes before I’m about to write, but the Holy Spirit gave me the words “Miriam danced”, so that’s what I’m writing about. As soon as they were safely on the other side, the joy turned to celebration. The once chaotic Hebrews were now ready to celebrate; particularly the women.
So, Miriam takes out a timbrel and begins to play music, sing, and dance. The rest of the women follow her lead. Wow, what a site that must have been as well. Just minutes ago they were fearful for their very lives, and now all the women are playing timbrels, singing, and dancing.
My friends, who could bring about this amazing change? Oh, what an awesome God we serve! A God who can change deathly fear into joy and celebration! A God who’s a deliverer and who cares for his people! A God who loves us and cares about our well being. What a joyous day it will be when the women are playing their timbrels in heaven and dancing before the Lord for his divine deliverance of His people.
In closing, I just want to say be anxious for nothing. Just like Miriam, one minute you may be anxious, just to find out it’s really a time to be celebrating our God. So, next time you’re feeling a bit down or unsure of yourself, just sing a little song and do a little dance for the Lord. You may feel silly, but that might just get you smiling. Thank you for reading and God bless.