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. – Deuteronomy 31:19
The Lord told Moses that once the Israelites had entered the Promised Land, had defeated the Canaanites, and had begun to experience peaceful comfort, they would turn to paganism and idolatry. To act as a deterrent to this future apostasy, God gave Moses a song that was to be learned and sung, reminding Israel of all God had done for them. You might even call it an Israeli “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
Songs can be great reminders of joyous times. They can also help us recall what is important and draw us together. Often pleasant memories are revived by a familiar refrain. Considering the current state of things in our world, what should our song be? “How Great Thou Art?” “Amazing Grace?” What about “Get Up Off That Thing” by James Brown? What song will keep us faithful? What song will remind us to stay the course?
Perhaps such a song has not yet been written, but whether we write it or not, we must keep singing.
Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history. – Pete Seeger
Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.
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