Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Remember the time...?
In Deuteronomy a major theme in Moses’ last sermon – perhaps the major theme – is: "remember." Repeatedly, Moses warns the people not to forget who God is and what he has done for them and in them (see 4:8-24; 6:4-15; 7:17-19; 8:1-20; 9:7; 15:15; 16:1-12; 24:17-22; 32:7).
For Moses, the issue of remembering is clearly related to worship: if you forget these things, Moses warns, you will fall into idolatry:
"Be careful not to forget the covenant of the LORD your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the LORD your God has forbidden" (4. 23).
We are no different from the people Moses addressed: we also tend to forget, and we also need to be intentional about remembering. We need to engage in practices of memory, including personal and corporate worship.
I guess these thoughts spring from an earlier post on being thankful - An Attitude of Gratitude. On Sunday, as the worship team started to lead us, I was so struck with the idea of 'remembering' what God has done (for us, personally, corporately, locally, universally) Worship music has played an important role in biblical and church history as a practice of memory. I encourage those God has raised up as composers of worship music in our day, to be "remind-ers" to God's people, of who he is and what he has done.