Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day:
“That the leaders took the lead in Israel,
that the people offered themselves willingly,
bless the Lord!
“Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes; to the Lord I will sing;
I will make melody to the Lord, the God of Israel.
“Lord, when you went out from Seir, when you marched from the region of Edom,
the earth trembled
and the heavens dropped,
yes, the clouds dropped water.
“The mountains quaked before theLord,
even Sinai before the Lord, the God of Israel.
“In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned, and travelers kept to the byways.
they ceased to be until I arose;
I, Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel.
“When new gods were chosen,
then war was in the gates.
Was shield or spear to be seen
among forty thousand in Israel?
“My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel
who offered themselves willingly among the people.
Bless the Lord.” Judges 5:1-9.
When it’s been awhile since you’ve had a victory, and then you have a big one, it’s time to write a song about it. Shamgar gets referenced, and he was their last victorious leader from eighty years ago.
But the real hero is the God who went before them and gave them victory. This is the kind of language used by Moses and Joshua.
Let us never forget to give God the glory for everything He has done for us. Failure to do so is the first step toward going our own way again.