What's Your Song?
What’s Your Song?
Today's Scripture & Insight:
15Then the LORD appeared at the tent in a pillar of cloud, and the cloud stood over the entrance to the tent. 16And the LORD said to Moses: "You are going to rest with your ancestors, and these people will soon prostitute themselves to the foreign gods of the land they are entering. They will forsake me and break the covenant I made with them. 17And in that day I will become angry with them and forsake them; I will hide my face from them, and they will be destroyed. Many disasters and calamities will come on them, and in that day they will ask, 'Have not these disasters come on us because our God is not with us?' 18And I will certainly hide my face in that day because of all their wickedness in turning to other gods. 19"Now write down this song and teach it to the Israelites and have them sing it, so that it may be a witness for me against them. 20When I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, the land I promised on oath to their ancestors, and when they eat their fill and thrive, they will turn to other gods and worship them, rejecting me and breaking my covenant. 21And when many disasters and calamities come on them, this song will testify against them, because it will not be forgotten by their descendants. I know what they are disposed to do, even before I bring them into the land I promised them on oath." 22So Moses wrote down this song that day and taught it to the Israelites.
Most Americans knew little about Alexander Hamilton—until 2015, when Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote his hit musical Hamilton. Now schoolchildren know Hamilton’s story by heart. They sing it to each other on the bus and at recess. He’s their favorite founding father.
God knows the power of music, and He told Moses to “write down this song and teach it to the Israelites and have them sing it” (Deuteronomy 31:19). God knew that long after Moses was gone, when He had brought Israel into the Promised Land, they would rebel and worship other gods. So He told Moses, “This song will testify against them, because it will not be forgotten by their descendants” (v. 21).
Songs are nearly impossible to forget, so it’s wise to be selective about what we sing. Some songs are just for fun, and that’s fine, but we benefit from songs that boast in Jesus and encourage our faith. One of the ways we “[make] the most of every opportunity” is when we speak “to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.” So “sing and make music from your heart to the Lord” (see Ephesians 5:15–19).
Songs can be an indicator of the direction of our heart. Do the words make much of Jesus? Do we sing them wholeheartedly? What we sing will influence what we believe, so choose wisely and sing loudly.
We lived in a town called New Hartford in New York. Nothing was exceptionally special about the town other than they thought that they were exceptional. The next town over was Clinton, NY name after Governor George Clinton (the first governor in the state of New York) and in the town you will find reminders of NOT GOVERNOR CLINTON… but rather Alexander Hamilton. There is Hamilton College and Hamilton Inn and Hamilton Restaurant…Hamilton library, Hamilton Ampitheatre and many other spots that point to the influence of Alexander Hamilton so the town will never forget him. The irony is this: Hamilton never once came to that town. He was in charge of the purse strings for the Government centered in NYC at the time and in order to get funding for any project you had to go through Hamilton and one of the surest ways to get the money was to name the project, buildings, etc. after him so he would never be forgotten, Isn’t that what God was doing with Moses. Write this down teach them the song so they never forget what they are supposed to do and where they are supposed to be and how they got here in the first place.
One of the greatest joys I received during this most recent Christmas season was never having to hear that song by Prince. Last Christmas I gave you my heart. I think God knew my head would explode if I heard it.
But the fact is once you hear it…it’s like you can’t forget the words or the tune and it serves to remind me that what I put in my mind and heart stays there. No wonder the writer of this devotional says be careful what you listen to…many times it results in who we become.
Isn’t it amazing that in verse 21 “I know what they are disposed to do, even before entering the Promised Land.” This is actually encouraging to me and should be encouraging to you…because it lets me know that God already knows I am going to mess up and is letting me know in advance that He will continue to love me despite my constant imperfections.
Moses wasn’t looking forward to the children of Israel messing up but he was preparing them for a time when they were going to and he wouldn’t be there. He was providing a solution to a problem that had not yet occurred. So when a problem happened….
…. they say what would Moses do? Sing the song.
When they say help us Lord…Sing the song.
We have the benefits of the Psalms of David and the finished scriptures to call on. But just like them we have to read it every day spend time with God every day or we are in danger of falling prey to anything out to attack us.
Sunday we are talking about a book that has a better plot than anything Grisham has ever written.
I would title the sermon…If I titled sermons “Impossible to avoid the invisible God”