Miriam: A Leader of Praise
Can you even begin to imagine the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea? I don’t know about you, but when I’m at the beach and I look out into the water, it seems to go on forever and ever! What a sight that would have been to have a front row seat to the parting of this massive body of water, and then to walk across miles on dry land where water was supposed to be. I don’t even want to think about the sea creatures and sea monsters that were staring at them through the water walls God had built. And let’s not forget the Pharaoh’s men who were violently pursuing the Israelites to kill them!
But God had a plan! But God made a promise! But God delivered them! But God crushed their enemies! When God performs a miracle of that magnitude, or any miracle for that matter, what is one to do???
Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine and led all the women as they played their tambourines and danced. (15:20 NLT)
Praise Him!!! Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron, did just that! Not only did she praise, but her act of honoring God and thanking Him for His mercy led other women to follow her and praise God as well! Like the first person to applaud after a powerful performance, I can’t imagine the momentum Miriam built up among her people that day! She led the action that invigorated the Israelites! She encouraged them to take their focus off of their situation and lift their eyes to God. She challenged them to not depend on their own strength to fight their battles, but to remember where their help comes from! She did all that with her selfless praise!
There are really only 2 types of leaders:
1. The leader who thinks she does it on her own, that it is her amazing abilities that have gotten her to where she is. She seeks fame & fortune. She takes credit for all of her triumphs and blames others for her failure. She steps on others to make it to the top. She is a one-woman show, and she is proud of it.
2. The leader who knows she does it through Him, knows that God has blessed her with every good gift to be used for His glory. She understands that everything she has accomplished is because of His grace. She is an encourager and helper who picks up others and carries them forward with her. And every step of the way she leads a public song of praise, because she knows that it is only through Him that she can!
What type of leader are you? What are you portraying to those who you are leading?
Challenge: Take a hard look at your past & present endeavors. Do you truly give God the glory and credit or somewhere deep down do you think you do it on your own? Do others see Him at work through you? I’ll be honest, sometimes I get it right, but there have been times where I’ve had to be knocked off my high horse to remember it is NOT ME, but HIM. How do you keep your focus pure? Share with #WomenOfTheBibleChallenge.
Don’t know where to start?
Psalm 71:8 ~ My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.
Psalm 121:2 ~ My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Ephesians 3:20 (NLT) ~ Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think
Philippians 4:13 ~ I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.