The Old Testament book of Deuteronomy was Moses’ last exhortation to Israel before he died. In it he made some very interesting comments as he was led along by the Holy Spirit.
It also includes what happened in the last few days of his life. As he was nearing the end, he had a very interesting encounter with God.
At that point, the Lord summoned Moses and Joshua (his second in command) to the tent of meeting. They were to appear before the presence of God for some instructions. Joshua was to be commissioned to lead Israel after Moses was gone. This is all found in Deuteronomy, chapter 31.
When they came to the tent God spoke to them out of a pillar of cloud. He told Moses of his soon departure. Then the Lord spoke of the future of Israel. He said that very soon after Moses was gone, the Israelites would begin to worship some of the gods of the peoples around them.
Because of their condition, they would lose the blessing of God upon their nation and face many devastating hardships. This must have been frustrating news to Moses, knowing that he was about to leave and could do nothing about it – or could he?
God gave Moses a special instruction that would bring the people back to repentance.
“Now write down for yourselves this song and teach it to the Israelites and have them sing it, so that it may be a witness for me against them.”
What can a song do to help?
And when many disasters and difficulties come upon them, this song will testify against them, because it will not be forgotten by their descendants.
The Hebrew phrase, testify against them, literally means to announce in their face. God would use this song to bring conviction and repentance upon the nation of Israel. God knew that the only way to turn a backslidden nation around was to transport them back to a time when they were under His blessing.
That’s what the force of music can accomplish. There are times when I’m in the mall and suddenly I’m transformed into a teenager on summer vacation – because that’s when I first heard the song. If that’s what a secular song can do, just think what godly music, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit can do.
Spiritual songs have the power to hit the “reset button” in our lives. That’s why we should surround ourselves with the music of worship and praise.
Question: Has God ever used a song to bring you to repentance?
© Nick Zaccardi 2012