The Bible recorded some beautiful songs (poetry) written and sung by women. The sister of Moses, Miriam was described by prophet Micah as one of the three leaders God sent to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. Like Deborah, Miriam is identified as a prophetess, and she showed her leading the Israelites in worship (songs and dance). In Exodus we can read her beautiful original song. Thus Miriam was also the first woman praise and worship song leader. Although later in temple rituals, men were appointed as priests and took over this leadership function from women, the Bible continued to record women singing, dancing and praising God.
4 I brought you up out of Egypt
and redeemed you from the land of slavery.
I sent Moses to lead you,
also Aaron and Miriam.
19 When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen[e] went into the sea, the Lord brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. 20 Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them:
“Sing to the Lord,
for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
he has hurled into the sea.”
1 Praise the Lord.[a]
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.