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the first woman worship leader: Miriam

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.

Micah 6:4

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.

[ The Song of Moses and Miriam ] Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.

Exodus 15:19-21

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.”

 Jeremiah 31:4

I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt. Again you will take up your timbrels and go out to dance with the joyful.

Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
Psalm 149:1-4

Praise the Lord.[a]

Sing to the Lord a new song,
    his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
    let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing
    and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes delight in his people;
    he crowns the humble with victory.
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