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READ: Deuteronomy 31:16-2  

the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and
admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. —
Colossians 3:16

In a suburb of Nairobi, Kenya, a group
of international refugees has been singing songs that they hope will
wake up their homeland. According to the BBC, the group Waayah Cusub
has been enjoying extensive airplay on radio stations and television
channels by using bold lyrics to address social issues. One of the
musicians says, “We are not happy with what is happening back home; in
fact we have recorded a thought-provoking song that we hope will bring
our leaders back to their senses.”

Long before Waayah Cusub began
using songs to call for an end to social pain and violence, God taught
Moses to use music in a bold and provocative way. Knowing that His
people’s sinful inclinations would distract them when they began to
enjoy the prosperity of the Promised Land (Deut. 31:21), God told Moses
to teach them the song of chapter 32. It is a shocking song of warning,
designed to get the attention of those who would forget God and fill
their lives with trouble.

Could our wise and loving God be
repeating that strategy with us? Is there a psalm, a hymn, or a
spiritual song that is calling us back to His faithfulness and amazing
grace? What song might He be using to get under the radar of our
natural defenses and renew our hearts today?  — Mart De Haan

Come, Thou fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise. —Robinson

Where words fail, music speaks. —Hans Christian Andersen

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