Chorus of Confession
(Deuteronomy 31:1-8, 14-30; 32:1-47)
Psalm of Moses
Moses knew that his earthly life was coming to an end. It was time to pass leadership on to the one the Lord had appointed as his successor, Joshua son of Nun.
In Hebrew literature, repetition is often used as a literary device to add emphatic meaning to a passage. This is particularly evident in the Old Testament Scriptures.
How many times do we read the following phrase, either verbatim or paraphrased?
“Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you;
He will never leave you nor forsake you."
(Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV – emphasis added)
God’s admonition and promise are clear, and they hold fast. In subsequent Bible readings, we will see evidence of this. Surely, the Lord’s powerful Presence held Joshua and all those who would call upon Him in earnest and honest faith.
“The Lord is near to all who call on Him,
to all who call on Him in truth.”
The Psalm of Moses
Commissioning Joshua as his successor to lead the people of God into the Promised Land, Moses offers a prayer of confession and commitment to the Lord. This Mosaic psalm presents a pattern of prayer for us all. Moses traces the faithfulness of God, repents for the unfaithfulness of God’s people, prophesies of blessings and curses to come, and testifies to the power and promises of the Lord. Surely, this cycle prepared the people to enter the Promised Land in the power of the Lord.
This model of prayer can be an excellent tool for any who wish to seek personal, corporate or even national revival. And who among us would not?
How we love to crow in Christian circles about our desire for a mighty outpouring of the Lord’s power upon our families, our churches and our countries. Do we truly understand the cost that precedes a true revival? What must come first, except an epidemic of broken hearts, as each of us falls prostrate before the Lord to confess our own sins and those of our people?
Are we willing to experience this bounty of brokenness, which opens the door for the Lord to bring His fire of change into our midst? May the Lord grant us the humility and hearts to pray it be so.
Will you pray with me?
Great, glorious God,
Ruler of the universe and beyond,
Help us to grasp how mighty You are.
Break our hearts over the sin
We have harbored within.
Shine Your light of truth
Upon our spirits,
Revealing any secrets
We have attempted
From your all-seeing eyes.
Surely, nothing is hidden from You.
We long to know You more each day.
Plant in us
An insatiable desire
To pray for those
Who do not yet know You.
Humble our hearts,
And urge us to confess
All that blocks Your blessing
In our lives
And in the lives of those we love.
Turn our families to You.
Turn our nations to You.
For Your mighty winds of revival
For Your Name’s sake.