Song of Moses

th-2When Moses neared the end of his life, God spoke to him about what would happen to the children of Israel — the people he had led out of bondage in Egypt up to the brink of the Promised Land which lay just beyond the Jordan River. Moses himself would not be able to enter, but Joshua and the people would, so Moses commissioned Joshua as their new leader. Moses had also written down the laws God gave him to pass on to the people so that they would know how to worship the one true God and not be led astray by all the false gods of the pagan nations awaiting them. Some of the laws were laborious and detailed, but the bottom line of them all was to worship and serve their God as God, and not the gods of the nations they are about to conquer. As long as they kept to their God, they would have success. They would conquer instead of being conquered, and they would be blessed and occupy the land.

And then Moses received the bad news. God told him what would happen once they got into the Promised Land. They would initially do well and establish a foothold, but as they tasted success and got fat off the land and the spoils of their successful battles, they would grow tired of the laws of their God, take pagan wives and become enamored with their gods, and soon the whole train would go right off the rails. How disheartening. You wonder why God had to tell him that? Come on, he was going to die anyway, even before they crossed the river into the land. Why not let him die thinking all would be well? After all, it was the Promised Land — the focus of all their wandering in the desert for the last 40 years. Why not let the old man die with a smile on his face?

And, now that I think of it, why did God bother with these people in the first place if He knew they were just going to blow it? Careful now. I’ve walked you into a trap. I’ve got you thinking self-righteous thoughts when the real answer to that question is another question closer to home: Why did God call us to follow Him if He knew we were just going to blow it? Because God’s plan included their failure and it includes ours as well. God’s plan includes our disobedience. God’s plan includes our sorrow and heartbreak. “Well, thanks a lot, God,” you say, but that’s exactly what we should be — thankful that God’s grace is deep enough and wide enough to cover our sin and disobedience.

We are no different from the children of Israel. We are just as foolish and forgetful — just as needy and just as stupid. If God’s plan doesn’t take into account all of this, there’s not going to be any hope for any of us.

But there’s one more thing. God let Moses in on this because he wanted to give the people a song. Yes, he gave Moses a song to give to the people so that they would not forget the Lord; and the song took into account their rebelliousness and God’s grace and mercy in spite of themselves. It was Moses’ last thing to do: teach the people a song. Who would have thought a song could be that important?

So today I give you a song for the same reason:

Love Him in the morning when you see the sun arising
And love Him in the evening ‘cause He took you through the day
And in the in-between time when you feel the pressure coming
Remember that He loves you and He promises to stay

When you think you’ve got to worry
‘Cause it seems the thing to do
Remember He ain’t in a hurry
He’s always got time for you, so…

Love Him in the morning when you see the sun arising
And love Him in the evening ‘cause He took you through the day
And in the in-between time when you feel the pressure coming
Remember that He loves you and He promises to stay

Postscript:
My neighbors are Jewish. Every Friday night other families join them and they have a dinner and celebration … and they sing songs. One of them is the song of Moses.

Go down, Moses,
Way down in Egypt land
Tell old Pharaoh,
“Let my people go.”

They’re still singing it.

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4 Responses to Song of Moses

  1. TimC says:

    Right on! Again!

  2. Mark Seguin says:

    Just felt like ‘saying’ after reading today’s Catch Praise God! 🙂

  3. Song of Moses
    Song of John
    Song of Bob
    Song of “_________”…

    Very much appreciated today’s Catch, John!
    Thank you for your “Love Him in the Morning” song; while I hummed the lyrics I could hear the guitar and back-up singers in my mind!
    The song transported me back to a seemingly less complicated, more peaceful, and “all things are possible” time of life during my early walk with Jesus.
    Now, almost 40-years later – with cynicism, callousness, and coldness having gained discomforting comfortable footholds in my soul – I find myself remembering and yearning for those earlier feelings again, thanks to the Spirit’s nudging through your song.

    “Who would have thought a song could be that important?“, you ask.
    Music is so vitally important to a peoples well-being.
    It’s no wonder Moses, Deborah, David, and others – in their God-given wisdom – penned the words and composed the notes that would help sustain a nation (a fickle one at that) through all its trials, failures, and triumphs thus helping carry Israel from near-obliteration to resurgence as a world power.

    Music has that same impact on us individually as well, or it can if we’ll allow it:
    teaching, reminding, creating, invigorating, calming, comforting, encouraging, helping, healing, hoping, instilling wonder, restoring passion, inspiring dance, etc., etc., etc.

    It’s not just background noise; Music is a gift from God and He has given us all our own tunes to write, hear, sing, and respond toward. Sometimes, it may be a soulful personal solo and at other times a majestic choral arrangement with full orchestra!
    Perhaps, it might do some of us good to set aside time this month and put to paper that Song of ________.

    Shalom!

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