by Jeff Strite

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The Singing Sister (3 of 9)
Series: Moses and Friends
Jeff Strite
Exodus 15:1-22

OPEN: (I had the people stand as we sang the "Star Spangled Banner")
O say can you see, by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof thru the night that our flag was still there
O say does that star spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

APPLY: It used to be - shortly after 9/11 - that people would sing that song out loud at ballgames and other public events… but they don't that so much any more. I've been to little league ballgames and they'll play the song, but nobody sings.

Why don't people sing this patriotic song as much as they did several years ago?
Well, I can think of a couple of reasons:
1st - people don't have the sense of "passion" they once had. Right after 9/11 our nation was shaken their and outraged by the atrocity committed against our people, and their anger translated into a patriotism that was at an all-time high for several weeks.

And the 2nd reason folks don't sing the Star Spangled Banner as much as they did is - at public gatherings - there is generally no one to lead them. It almost seems like noone really wants them to sing. Thus - people don't sing the song because they're afraid they may end up singing it all by themselves.

Here in Exodus 15 the nation of Israel sings a powerful song of praise to God. And they sing with all of their hearts because they sense the passion of the moment. Egypt had enslaved their people for a long, long time . But God had led them out of that slavery with His right powerful hand. In fact, when the Egyptian had pursued them God had opened up the Red Sea to let Israel pass and then buried the Egyptian army in the waters as they pursued.

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