Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Moses' Swan Song

Deuteronomy 32 has been referred to by many as Moses' "swan song." Robert Jamieson notes that Robert Lowth "beautifully styled" it as "the Song of the Dying Swan." Writing on Deuteronomy 32.5, Jeremiah Burroughs spoke of "Moses' Song that he sung a little before he was to die. This is much like the swan that sings sweetest when death approaches" (Spots of the Godly and of the Wicked, pp. 15, 99). F.B. Meyer writes,

Deuteronomy 32 is one of the sublimest human compositions on record. It was Moses' swan song. It is the store from which later Scripture writers draw plentifully. It has been called the Magna Charta of Prophecy. It is worthy to be compared to only one other song, the Song of the Lamb, with which it is combined by the harpers on the margin of the glassy sea: "They sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb" (Rev. 15:3).

Hear the words of Moses as he ascribes glory to God and join with him in his praise:

3 Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. 4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Matthew Henry:

Now what a bright and amiable idea does this one verse give us of the God whom we worship; and what reason have we then to love him and fear him, to live a life of delight in him, dependence on him, and devotedness to him! This is our rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him; nor can there be, Ps. xcii. 15.

1 comment:

  1. V. 4 is one of the verses I have found much comfort from in a number of circumstances. Moses had an incredible grasp on these immense truths about God (I also love Psalm 90).