Have you ever felt fearful about the future? Have you ever been concerned about your health, worrying that your symptoms are the result of a serious condition? Do you wonder how you will be able to live if our economy collapses in the next few years? Worry, fear and anxiousness are all the opposite of Faith in operation. The Mi Kamocha is an ancient Hebrew prayer that comes directly from Scripture. Praying this ancient prayer from the Scripture can help to increase your faith so that you can believe and declare that Yahweh is able to work and move on your behalf no matter what the situation.
King David knew all about fear, anxiety, worry and depression. In Psalms 42:5
“Why are you depressed, O my being? And why are you restless within me? Wait for Elohim: for I shall yet thank Him, for the deliverance of His face!”
Rabbi Shaul, wrote to the congregation at Phillipi and encouraged them this way;
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Php 4:6 The word “careful” in this verse is Strongs #G3309 and it means “anxious.” Paul tells them not to worry or be anxious but to worship and pray and make exclamations of worship and thanks to Elohim.
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As we were preparing for Passover we were reviewing the story of the Exodus and the first Passover. We were reminded that within the 15th chapter of Exodus is a wonderful example to us of many lessons but I want to share just two of them:
- That Yahweh is awesome, powerful and creative and He can do what we can’t see – He can make a way were there seems to be no way.
- This story gives us a detailed picture of how to praise and worship Yahweh and how to respond when He answers our pleas and does wonders in our midst.
Read through Exodus 15 verses 1 to 18 and ponder them.
At this point in the story the Children of Yisrael have just been miraculously saved from their enemies by the Lord of Hosts YHWH Tsabaoth.
In her book, A Dash of Drash: A Taste of Torah ~ Volume 2, Keren Pryor writes,
“The merciful Father offers the way and the opportunity to transcend physical limitations and to pursue true and lasting peace and joy through the fulfillment of His Living Word and by His Spirit of Holiness.”(1)
The Children of Yisrael were between the sea and their enemies who were in hot pursuit of them and closing the gap quickly. They saw no way on earth for them to survive the attack that the advancing Egyptian army would invariably launch upon them. To many, there were only two options, drown in the Sea or be killed by the Egyptians – not options we would want to face. That is when the merciful Yahweh offered the way of escape and the means and opportunity – defying what looked impossible to man, transcending their (an our) limitations to bring them to a place of peace and joy on the other side of the Sea of Reeds.
Verse 2 of Exodus 15 says, “Yah is my strength and my song, and He has become my deliverance. He is my El and I praise Him – Elohim of my father, and I exalt Him.”
The word deliverance or salvation in the English translation of this verse is Strongs #H3444, and is Yeshua in Hebrew.
The praise and exaltation of YHWH continues by the Children of Yisrael as they recount the events of that incredible day. In verse 11 we find an awesome passage. This verse has been sung for thousands and thousands of years. It has become known to Jewish, Messianic and Torah believers in HaShem, as the Mi Kamocha, which is Hebrew for “Who is Like You.”
You can listen to Karen Davis, singing her version of the Mi Kamocha, here.
Avi and I have been singing and praying this verse on a daily basis since October of last year. Here is what we pray:
Mee kah-mochah bah-ayleem Yahweh
Mee kah-mochah neh-eh-dahr bah-kodesh
Norah the-hee-lot Osay feh.
Who is like You YHWH among the mighty ones?
Who is like You glorified in set apartness?
You are awesome in praise,
Working Wonders YHWH, Who is like YOU YHWH?
When we recite and pray this verse/prayer, we are declaring who He is. When we pray or speak out loud the Mi Kamocha, we are professing that we believe that He is currently working wonders on our behalf and on the behalf of those we love and hold dear – those who are His children also.
Working wonders! Do you believe that He can work wonders on your behalf? Do you believe that He would actually do this for you? No matter what situation you are in, He is able and willing to carry you through the waters that might be swirling around you. The keys are:
- To trust in Him
- To follow where He leads
- To do as He instructs
- To proclaim and profess with your mouth that you believe that He is working wonders on your behalf regardless of what you see.
There is something powerful about declaring who He is and what He has done. Did you know that in English we have only one word for Praise but in Hebrew there are many. Here are just three of them;
Halal Strongs #H1984 means to praise, to shine, to make a show, to boast, and to be (clamorously) foolish, to celebrate. Ps 18:3, Ps 22:22, Ps 44:8, Ps 56:4 and many more.
Todah Strongs #H8426 means a sacrifice of praise and thanks. Also, to whirl, to dance, to exalt, leap, and run. This is the Hebrew word that is translated as praise in Ps 42:4, Ps 69:30-31, Ps 50:14, 23, Ps 100:4, Ps 107:22, Is 51:3, Neh 12:31, 38, 40 and 2 Chron 29:31 and many more.
Tehillah Strongs # H8416 means praise, song or hymn of praise, adoration, thanksgiving (paid to God), act of general or public praise, praise-song (as title), praise (demanded by qualities or deeds or attributes of God). Ex 15:11, Deut 10:21, 1 Ch 16:35, 2 Ch 20:22, Neh 9:5, Ps 9:14, Ps 40:3 and many more.
The interesting thing about this word is that it is most often used immediately after Yahweh has manifested His presence in a physical way that can be seen and or felt by His children. Yahweh manifests His presence in a number of ways such as His visible glory or light or mighty acts that He has done in the earth as in Egypt and the crossing of the Sea of Reeds
The traditional Mi Kamocha prayer continues;
“Shira chadasha shib’chu ge’ulim le’shimcha al s’fat hayam;
Yachad kulam hodu ve’himlichu ve’amru:
“Adonai yimloch le’olam va’ed.”
Translated into English it says;
With a new song, the ones You rescued praised Your name at the sea shore.
All of them in unison gave thanks and praised Your rule, and said:
“The Lord will reign forever and ever.”
The Song of Moses ends with verse eighteen. In Hebrew we say, “Adonai yimlokh le’olam va’ed!” which means “The Lord reigns forever and ever!”
You can listen to Steve McConnell’s lovely song entitled Adonai Yimlokh which is from his We Delight in Your Shabbat recording.
Early in this Exodus passage of Chapter 15, the Children of Yisrael sang about how Yahweh controlled the depths of the sea and the wind. The last portion of the Mi Kamocha speaks about this also and ends with a declaration that the Lord, Yahweh, will reign forever and ever. Every Jewish person would have learned this prayer/psalm and they would have sung it many times. Because this was an ancient psalm, written about in Exodus, the Jews in the time of Yahshua would have known it, prayed it, and sung it, too.
The wind and sea that are written about in the Chapter 15 passage and that ends the Mi Kamocha, reminds us of another time when wind and sea were both swirling around and men became fearful for their life. They began to focus on the blowing and the huge waves smashing onto their boat and it’s possible that thoughts of death by drowning were on their lips and minds. But what happened?
Yahshua, asleep in the boat, awoke and spoke to the wind and sea (Lk 8:22-25) and they obeyed His voice. There was peace and calm and the threat of death was removed. The disciples who were in the boat knew the Mi Kamocha. Do you think it was possible that they, too, began to sing of the greatness of Yahweh who had just worked wonders in their lives? We think so, because the events in Exodus teach us that we should respond to Yahweh’s manifestations of power and might and wonders with exaltation, praise, thanksgiving and glory, and to give Him the honor due His Name.
Here you can find a page, Mi Kamocha Music Videos, with numerous youTube videos that have musical versions of the Mi Kamocha from various artists.
Graphic Credit: The graphic at the top of this post, is a needlepoint canvas entitled Dancing Miriam by Bracha Lavee and it is available on line from Gone Stitching.
(1) A Dash of Drash: A Taste of Torah ~ Volume 2 by Keren Hannah Pryor available from JCStudies
Who Is Like You, Lord? (Mi Kamocha) by Karen Davis on Adonai recording by Galilee for the Nations and Israel My Beloved – Songs from the Secret Place.
Adonai Yimlokh by Steve McConnell on his We Delight in Your Shabbat recording
Until Next Time, Simcha and Shalom!