Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength; we will sing and praise your might.
On Israel’s final night in Egypt (Exodus 12-13) God struck down every firstborn male, bringing judgment on all the gods of Egypt (Exodus 12:12). The reasoning and justification for this act is found in His Words: “I am the Lord.”
He would require from His people the ‘firstborn of every womb’ – both of people and animals. They belonged to Him. He owned them. They were His. How could He require so much? He is the Lord.
Whatever requirements are made of me, this is reason enough – God Almighty is the Lord. He needs no other justification to demand of me anything He wants. Because of God’s immense love and grace for us, it’s easy to slide into a ‘teddy-bear’ understanding of God, as if He exists to serve us. We flutter around the righteous requirements of the Gospel, soft-peddling them… but we’re really thorough with the promises of Scripture and all God does for us! We know these! We cling to these, as we should. We should not shrug off the righteousness and holiness that we’re called to live out as followers of Christ. God does have expectations of us! We cannot accomplish them apart from His grace, but that’s why He has graced us. How can He expect these things from us? He is the LORD.
Be exalted, Lord, in Your strength. I will sing and praise Your might.