Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 32-34, Psalm 91
Yesterday at church, the pastor showed this video from youtube:
After watching it, he asked each of us to tell our neighbor what song they would hear if the stethoscope was put to our heart.
Our reading today is Moses' song. It is his favorite hymn which is on his lips as he is about to meet his Maker in death. It rings with acclamation! It speaks of his great trust and love for his Lord.
After years in the dessert with God and God's people, Moses can still proclaim, "Ascribe greatness to our God!" After seeing God's blessings and God's curses, God's delight and God's wrath, Moses can still proclaim, "God's work is perfect!" While knowing he will not be able to enter the promised land, Moses can still proclaim, "All God's ways are just!"
The Psalmist acts as the voice of the angels and God, speaking back the promises of love and life to the one who extols the LORD God. The pairing of these two songs, Deuteronomy 32 and Psalm 91, are a dialogue of love between two intimates.
Moses leaves life with a hymn upon his lips and a blessing upon his hands. His is not a death of bitterness or sorrow. His is not a death of drear or fear. He is able to greet death with singing and praise.
This is the way I want to die. With no regrets. With praise and trust on my lips. With blessing and hope for those who follow me.
What about you?