“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11, ESV)

Here is a conundrum, what were the Israelites doing singing about “the gods”? Didn’t they know that there was only one God? Faithlife Study Bible helps our understanding here:

The Hebrew word used here for “gods” is elim—the plural of el. Elim is also used of the divine beings loyal to Yahweh—members of His council, the heavenly host (see Psa 89:6; compare Pss 82:1, 6; 29:1). This phrase indicates the absolute uniqueness of Yahweh among all other unseen divine beings.

What we discover here is that the Hebrews understood the reality of the unseen world far better than we moderns do.  There are other unseen beings besides just God himself.  All of these other beings were created and some of them are good and others are evil, but they are real and active, and God is absolutely different from all of them.  He is:

  1. Majestic in holiness
  2. Awesome in glorious deeds
  3. Doing wonders

Our God is God of both the world that we see and experience and the one we do not see.  He is active in both; he is sovereign over both.