Distills as the Dew

The LORD commanded Moses to write a song that would testify against Israel in the future. More than likely, this future referred to rebellion leading to exile. The song begins in the first four verses of Deuteronomy 32:

Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak;
And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

Let my teaching drop as the rain,
My speech distill as the dew,
As raindrops on the tender herb,
And as showers on the grass.

For I proclaim the name of the LORD:
Ascribe greatness to our God.
He is the Rock, His work is perfect;
For all His ways are justice,
A God of truth and without injustice;
Righteous and upright is He.

Deuteronomy 32.1-4

The words of God are as the replenishing dew of morning. They drop as rain upon the parched ground, even as showers nourishing the grass. The words of God bring comfort and strength as we receive them. They are as replenishing rain from Heaven.

Moses proclaimed the name of the LORD in this song. This means that God’s person and work were made known through it.

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The Person of God

God is the Rock, an everlasting and unchanging mountain where we find a safe haven. He is our refuge in trials and in temptations. He is our immovable foundation. Therefore, our lives are on solid ground. Nothing shakes us. He Himself will never disappoint us. We are right to place our hope in Him. His character is perfect, just, truthful, and righteous.

The Work of God

His work is perfect, and His ways are just. He is good to all. He works all things together for good to those who love Him and to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8.28). He invites us and draws us into His work. He is accomplishing good through us.

Either we strive to know the person and work of God from the replenishing words of God, or we rebel and struggle in sin. Today, it’s important for us to know the character or person of God in order to enter into the work of God.

Mercy Meets justice

Mercy and justice meet in the person of God. This is especially true in our understanding of God the Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Dwell upon the mercy of God. It brings peace into our lives like nothing else can. But do not neglect justice. God will judge sin. His eyes are too pure to behold evil. Find the place where mercy meets justice on a hill far from us. There the Lord Jesus was crucified for us. His body broken. His blood shed. His resurrection on the third day. He knew no sin but became sin for you and me so that we might have the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5.21).

God Still Works Today

God’s greatness and power make us fearful of His terrifying displeasure and wrath. Still, Jesus Christ will not abandon us. He satisfies the wrath of God for sin. He is our Helper and Protector. Love, mercy, and truth are our confidence as we work, as God works in and through us. We are aware of our unworthiness in all of this. So, we are filled with humility and love for our position before God through the person and work of His Son. May the condition of our lives improve as we find higher ground by the grace of God for the work of God. He still works today.

How I praise Thee, precious Savior,
That Thy love laid hold of me;
Thou hast saved and cleansed and filled me
That I might Thy channel be.

Channels only, blessed Master,
But with all Thy wondrous pow’r
Flowing through us, Thou canst use us
Every day and every hour.

Just a channel full of blessing,
To the thirsty hearts around;
To tell out Thy full salvation,
All Thy loving message sound.

Channels only, blessed Master,
But with all Thy wondrous pow’r
Flowing through us, Thou canst use us
Every day and every hour.

Emptied that Thou shouldest fill me,
A clean vessel in Thy hand;
With no pow’r but as Thou givest
Graciously with each command.

Channels only, blessed Master,
But with all Thy wondrous pow’r
Flowing through us, Thou canst use us
Every day and every hour.

Witnessing Thy pow’r to save me,
Setting free from self and sin;
Thou who boughtest to possess me,
In Thy fullness, Lord, come in.

Channels only, blessed Master,
But with all Thy wondrous pow’r
Flowing through us, Thou canst use us
Every day and every hour.

Jesus, fill now with Thy Spirit
Hearts that full surrender know;
That the streams of living water
From our inner self may flow.

Channels only, blessed Master,
But with all Thy wondrous pow’r
Flowing through us, Thou canst use us
Every day and every hour.

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