Because They Are Your Life
Moses often had words for the nation of Israel on behalf of the Lord.
In Deuteronomy 32, he sang over the people.
The singing in and of itself was not a unique moment necessarily, as the Hebrew language is very much meant to be musical. The emphases on syllables are obvious indicators as such. This is why the Psalms worked so well as songs.
The uniqueness was found in the timing.
Moses was old and tired. He wanted to leave a strong memory with them.
He sang all this stuff. An old man sang a long, long song, with mixed emotions.
He sang things like “Let my teaching fall like rain” and “praise the greatness of our God,” but he also sang “they have acted corruptly toward him” and “they are a nation without sense.”
This long song reminded the Israelites of Who God Is, His never-failing role….who they are, their ever-changing minds/actions despite their never-changing status.
After he finished singing over them, he said:
“Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law….
…They are not just idle words for you – they are your life….
…By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”
Shortly after this song and reminder, Moses died.
A couple of principles to glean:
-If an elder in your midst chooses to speak deliberately to you, especially if they seem close to death….Listen to them. Take their words to heart.
-May the reminder from Moses be strong in your heart. May you remember Who God Is. May you remember who you are. Be close to God and obey His words.
Cling to Him and His words.