March 22, 2015. Deuteronomy 32-34, Psalm 91.
Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? Sometimes it’s a song that you just recently heard and like, or it can be one of those you ask, now where did that song come from?
The song we are going to listen to today comes from Moses, and is a song following God’s instructions for setting everything in order. He begins by getting everyone’s attention with his intro; all of creation included. These are Moses last days so this is an inspired written song by God, for Moses to teach to the people of Israel.
Moses sings praise to God for who He is and for all that He has done. The song would then go on to predict the nation’s falling away and teach of God’s faithfulness and the consequences of sin. The history of Israel is recited of their bondage, wanderings, to their established place in the Promised Land. If you stay tuned to the end of the song, you will see that it ends on a happy note, as God’s punishment is past, righteousness is restored, and Israel’s land is cleansed. (Deuteronomy 32:15-43)
The songs that are memorable have lyrics that get us to feel emotion and capture the experience.
He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye. As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so the LORD alone led him, and there was no foreign god with him. (Deuteronomy 32:10-12) NKJV
Moses compares the loving care of God for His people to an eagle teaching her young to fly by pushing them out of the nest so they may try their wings. But she doesn’t just leave them to fend for themselves. She swoops down below and allows them to drop onto her wings, then carries them safely back to the nest. The verse of this song is a metaphor of God. The LORD in the same manner, took Israel from captivity in Egypt, and thrust them into the desert but didn’t leave them there to fend for themselves. He remained with them to give them guidance, protection, and strength.
He kept them as the apple of His eye or the more literal would be the pupil of His eye, which is the most sensitive part of the body. Our loving LORD is referring to those He cherishes as His favorite.
He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. (Psalm 91:4)
Psalm 91 is a psalm of protection for all who believe in God and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
To the end of Moses days he sang the song God had placed in his heart, each new day.
Why not let The Great Composer write His song on your heart?