Song: "He is Lord"
23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
God’s hearing and remembering are very different from ours. When we hear someone’s cry for help, we may have good intentions, but often we are powerless to do anything. When we remember our promises, we often realize that we have broken more than we have kept. God’s hearing and remembering is tied up with his attributes. He is God that keeps his promises and is obliged to help when his people cry for help. The covenant that He made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Gen 12, 15, 17) is the promise of a new land and prosperous nation. God now begins the work of bringing Israel out of Egypt all because of God’s ‘hearing’ and ‘remembering.’ As God’s people today, we can groan to the Lord and ask Him for help. We do so not based on our own righteousness, but on God’s promise that He will never abandon us.
(Closing Prayer by Father)
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, Forever and ever. Amen.