“Now therefore, write this song for yourselves, and teach it to the sons of Israel; put it on their lips, so that this song may be a witness for Me against the sons of Israel.” (31:19)
The whole idea behind this song is a big, multigenerational, “I told you so.” I told you you’d run after other gods, that you’d get yourself into a mess, that you’d abandon truth. The LORD was not taking this moment to hope for the best.
I go back and forth between feeling like this is a major unfair set up, and feeling relieved that the LORD isn’t depending on His people for much. He knows they’re going to fail, and He’s prepares a song for them to sing.
At the same time, it reminds us where the source of true power lies.
“See now that I, I am He, And there is no god besides Me; It is I who put to death and give life. I have wounded and it is I who heal, And there is no one who can deliver from My hand.” (32:39)
We can never downplay the power of remembrance. More importantly, we must focus on what these seek to remind us of:
He is the source. He is the point. He is life or death. He made promises to Abraham. He heard the cries of the people enslaved in Egypt. He is the authority on good and evil, right and wrong, shades of gray. We were never intended to be independent of Him.
Moses’ life could be considered a major pastoral failure, but he isn’t, because the response of the people wasn’t his responsibility. He was supposed to speak, and let God do. Speak to the rock, do not strike it.
I try to make a habit of taking inventory on the things which suck up my time, energy and devotion. Have I picked up a task the LORD has not assigned me to do? Is there anything I need to lay down?