And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Speak to the Israelites, that they journey onward. Various midrashim speak of Israel’s unworthiness to cross the sea – they had become idolaters, no different from Egypt and unworthy of salvation. Connecting these midrashim to our verse, Ohr HaHayim explains that as much as God “wants” to help, there must be some merit that “permits” Him to help. In their current state, Israel was without merit, however if they would just journey onward, then they’d accrue some merit and God would help. Therefore, God responds: Why do you cry out to me? when Israel has no merit, and advises on how to find that merit: Speak to the Israelites, that they journey onward.