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Word in song
Bible Passage Deuteronomy 31: 19- 22
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & books Deuteronomy, Numbers.

Word in song

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached April 15, 2024

19 “Now write this song and teach it to the Israelis. Put this song in their very mouths, so that it will be a witness for me against the Israelis,

20 because after I’ve brought them to the land flowing with milk and honey that I promised to their ancestors by an oath, they’ll eat, grow fat, and then they’ll turn to other gods and serve them, while despising me and breaking my covenant.

21 Then, when many evils and troubles will have come upon them, this song will serve as a witness against them, since their descendants won’t fail to sing it. I know the plan that they are devising even before I bring them into the land that I promised them by an oath.”

22 So Moses wrote the song that very day and taught it to the Israelis.

Moses was in his very last days as the leader of the Israelites. Knowing he had only a few more days to live, Moses handed over the leadership of Israel to his divinely appointed successor, Joshua. He reminded both Joshua and the people that fearless commitment to the task ahead, combined with total trust in God, would guarantee victory over the Canaanites and possession of the promised land (Deut. 31:1-8,14-15, 23; see also Num 27:12-23).

Moses then made three separate arrangements to ensure that people did not forget their covenant obligations. First, he commanded the priests and leaders to make sure that the entire law was read publicly every seven years (Deut. 31:9-15).

Second, which is our text being considered today, Moses wrote a song that would stick in people’s minds as a constant warning and reminder (The song is recorded in Deut. 32).

Third, he put his own written record of the law in a safe place beside the ark, as a witness against the people when they turned away from it (Deut. 31: 24-29).

People remember the words of a song more easily than ordinary speech. Then people would know why God would not help them. The song would remind them about all that God had done for them. The song would warn them not to leave God. If they refused to obey the covenant, then the curses of the covenant would happen.

The song recorded in Deuteronomy 32 describes a trial in a court. The place where God lives and the earth are like witnesses in this trial. Moses praises God. God is great and He is perfect. God made His people and He protects them too. God’s lessons are like the rain. The rain helps young plants to grow.

Similarly, God’s lessons should have a good effect on His people. God looks after His people. But the people have been foolish. They have not been faithful or grateful.

The song reminded the people of God’s loving care for them and of the need for faithfulness on their part towards Him. It dealt with the future as well as the past and reminded the people that in justice God would punish them and in mercy He would forgive them.

🔷 Our songs must glorify God and bring praise to His name

🔷 God cares for His people who must in turn be faithful and loyal to Him


💥 Sing the praise of God for His deliverance
💥 Pray that you remain faithful to God

We must sing and praise God always. Our songs must celebrate Him and remind us to be faithful to Him.

In series Bright Morning Reflections