The Song that God Wrote

Monday, May 25, 2009

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Music can be used as a great memory tool. Marketing experts understand this principle, and use music heavily in their advertising campaigns. Music jingles can have such staying power that they can even cross generational lines.

For example, back in the '70s, there was a marketing jingle produced by Franco-America pushing their canned spaghetti which featured pasta shaped like a ring. The product was called "SpaghettiOs," and the words to the jingle were "Uh-oh, SpaghettiOs." I find myself singing this little tune when little accidents occur around the house. Now my children know the song and sing it themselves, just as they learned it from me. The little innocuous marketing tune has been passed on from my generation to the next.

God understands the power that music has to pass a message on for indefinite periods of time, even from one generation to another. In the book of Deuteronomy, we find that God came to Moses and told him that the children of Israel would one day forget all the things that God had done for them. They would turn their back on Him, and follow after false gods. They would trade God's truth for falsehood. He told Moses then to teach the children of Israel a special song that would be a witness against them. When God's punishment fell on them, they would remember the song, and that God had warned them not to forsake the covenant that He had made with them.

    "And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them. Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us? And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods. Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel. For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant. And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware." (Deuteronomy 31:16-21)
Moses, then, in obedience to God, taught this song to the children of Israel. Here is the special song that God wrote for them:

    "Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. 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. They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation. Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee? Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee. When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds


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Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.

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