“During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them. – Exodus 2:23-25
The Israelites had moved to Egypt while Joseph was second in command under Pharaoh. Years later. after the memory of Joseph had faded, the Israelites were made into slaves by the Egyptians. In their oppression, the Israelites cried out to the Lord and He heard them.
God met with Moses at the burning bush to commission him as the one He would use to lead the Israelites out of slavery. At the burning bush the Lord said to Moses,
“I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivitesand Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” – Exodus 3:7-10
God gives Moses miraculous signs to perform to validate the truth of his mission from God and sends Aaron–the brother of Moses–to assist him.
“Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped. – Exodus 4:29-31
God had not yet delivered them, but knowing God had heard their cry and was concerned about their situation moved them to worship. After suffering so much, to know that God had heard their cry and was concerned about them, that He knew their misery and understood their pain must have been a powerful moment. They were not suffering in obscurity, their plight was not forgotten or ignored. God knew, and not only did He know, but He cared.
They still had trials to go through before they were delivered from their bondage and even farther to go until they were in the promised land, but they were not forgotten and the Lord was going to keep His promises.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me. – Psalm 86:7
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles. – Psalm 34:17
Remember that it is the Lord that makes you righteous and He will deliver you. Just as the Israelite elders stopped to worship the Lord before they experienced their deliverance because He had heard their cry, was concerned about them, and was going to keep His promises, we too can stop and worship the Lord before our own deliverance because we know that He hears our cry and cares for us.