"I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
horse and ride he has thrown into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my might,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father's God, and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a warrior;
the Lord is his name.
Pharaoh's chariots and his army he cast into the sea;
his picked officers were sunk in the Red Sea.
The floods covered them;
they went down into the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, O Lord,
glorious in power -
your right hand, O Lord,
shattered the enemy."
Exodus 15:13 " In your love you led the people you redeemed; in your strength you guided them to you holy dwelling"
Exodus 15:13, sums up generally, universally, the specifics of the first 6 verses of Exodus 15. Like the Israelites coming out of Egypt to freedom with God, we are on our own redemptive journey to and with God, personally and always in community with each other. The road is rocky sometimes, with dangers and temptations. We do not, have never not, ever will not, walk it alone. Jesus is our model of letting and trusting God to navigate for us, protect us, as we, always of our free will, turn to God. We turn to God in quiet prayer, in creating love as action in our dealings with all earth's fellow travelers; and, as here in Chapter 15 of Exodus, in joyful songs of thanksgiving for God's saving presence. Notice that the song is not saved for the end of the Exodus journey - we are always on journey, we spend a lifetime walking with God, our souls need to sing out to God many times along the way.
These forty days are a time of focusing on our journey with God, of re-turning ourselves to God, of making ourselves very open to God, of preparing ourselves to sing joyfully to God.