17. The clouds poured down water; the skies sent out a sound (of rumbling thunder); Your arrows went forth in forked lightning.
18. The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; the lightnings illumined the world; the earth trembled and shook.
19. Your way in delivering Your people was through the sea, and Your paths through the great waters; yet Your footsteps were not traceable but were obliterated.
20. You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. Amp.
Thunder -c) to tumble, be violently agitated; irritate with anger; make to fret, roar; trouble.
When the Lord parted the Red Sea for His people to cross it was a frightening experience for them to say the least. They had the Egyptian Army behind them and the stormy night of whirlwinds, thunder and walls of the sea in front of them. But the Israelites had the Angel of God Who went before them and the pillar of the cloud went before them and stood behind them, Ex. 14:19. It was darkness to the Egyptians and light to the Israelites.
We too must have a Red Sea experience in our life, when the Lord is shaking up things all around. He is making Himself known in the trial to let us know He is there because we are in need of a change. When He comes down all the earth makes a lot of noise.
I used to think the Lord was upset with me when I would hear thunder. Now I think of Psalm 18:9. He came down to help David fight his enemies and the earth quaked and shook because He was angry with David’s enemies, not with David. Now I like the thunder and listen to what it is saying to me.
We know the Israelites danced and sang on the other side of the Red Sea. It is easy to rejoice after the victory. He wants us to rejoice on the way to the victory when things are shaking. We must learn to keep our eyes on the victory and not the circumstances. It is something we must learn and will have enough trials to practice on.
Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. Amp.