If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Deuteronomy 32, Psalm 119:121–144, Isaiah 59, Matthew 7. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Deuteronomy 32.
There is an unfortunate chapter division here in Deuteronomy. In yesterday’s passage Deuteronomy 31:19 says, “Now write down this song and teach it to the Israelites and have them sing it, so that it may be a witness for me against them.” But the song introduced in that passage actually begins here in Deuteronomy 32 and it reminds us of how effective music is in communicating. Many of us learned the alphabet when we were kids by learning a song. Some of us learned the books of the Bible by learning a song where they were all listed. Paragraphs of prose are great at explaining the details about a thing, but a song can make the most important aspects of something memorable. This is a good reminder to us to think consciously about the songs we teach our children; the ideas they learn to sing may have a greater impact on their future decisions than all the Sunday School lessons they ever hear—combined. It is a good reminder for us, too, to be thoughtful and wise about the sources of entertainment we choose. What’s one song you learned that you wish you could forget because the ideas are hostile to your faith? On the other hand, what song did you learn that helped you make godly or wise decisions in your life?
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/calvarybiblechurch/. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.