- Sermon Notes
Never Forget What God has Done
October 3-4, 2020
Israel has come to the end of their 40-year journey and the book of Deuteronomy is Moses’ last opportunity to prepare Israel to cross the Jordan and enter the land God promised them.
In many ways, Moses is calling for revival. That’s the need of the hour today. There’s a sense of urgency in Moses’ words and we need a sense of urgency now. Be careful how you walk, be careful how you live. This world is broken, you don’t have to be broken in it; now is the time to strengthen your soul.
You know it’s a call for revival when Moses gives to Israel the greatest and foremost of all that God has ever said, “You shall love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
In an epic speech, Moses set before them life and death, prosperity, and adversity. There comes a time in life when you must choose the way you will walk. Moses asked them to choose the path that leads to life. He strongly encouraged them to choose life — by loving the Lord their God with all their heart and soul.
After that message, God took Moses aside and said, “This people will go after the strange gods of the land in which they’re going. They will forsake Me and break my covenant which I made with them. In that day in which they turn away from Me, many troubles will come upon them and they will blame Me in that day and say, this is happening to us because God is no longer with us.
Therefore, God was saying to Moses, “I want you to write down these words in the song. I want you to teach it to them so they will remember and will understand why there is so much adversity and difficulty in their lives when they turn away from Me. Let this song be a testimony that I told them these things in advance. That they might remember and come back.”
So Moses wrote down the words of the song which God gave him and then assembling all Israel together, he taught them this song until they knew all the words.
This song would help them remember. At that time there was only one copy of the books Moses had written. These were to be read to the nation of Israel every seven years, but this song was to continually ring in their ears so they would never forget what God had told them.
Songs have a powerful way of imbedding themselves in our memory. This is why many companies today hire people to write songs to sell their products. I can still remember some of those from my childhood.
But more than that, songs can stir the soul. They touch something deep that resonates with the words and the message becomes written on your heart. This is the song of Moses.
I. The Lord Has Done Great Things for Us
- Verse 7 — Moses taught them to sing, “Remember the days of old.”
- “Ask your fathers,” he said, “and they will inform you.”
- In other words, never forget, never take God for granted. When you look back can you remember that God has done great things for you?
- When you come to the end, you’ll see that God was pursuing you all along.
A. You are God’s portion
- Verse 8 is interesting. It says that when the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, or their portion, He set their boundaries according to the number of the sons of Israel.
- In other words, He looked after Israel first when setting the boundaries of the nations.
- He also set the boundaries of each of the tribes of Israel.
- For example, the tribe of Levi was not to have any land because God was their inheritance.
- But what about God? What was His inheritance? What was His portion.
- The answer, He says, is that Israel is His portion.
Deuteronomy 26:18, The Lord has today declared you to be His people, a treasured possession, as He promised you,
- In a similar way, the scriptures say that the church is God’s inheritance in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 1:18, I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
- One of the ways to understand the value of something is by the price that was paid for it.
You have been bought with a price…
1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Or do you not know… that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price…
Revelation 5:9, And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”
B. He found you in a dry place
- Verse 10 — the song continues, “He found him in the desert land…”
- Never forget the condition in which God found you, He says to Israel. The same is true for you and me. He found you in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
- It pictures the soul that is thirsty, trying to be satisfied by all the stuff of the world, yet nothing in the world satisfies that thirst in the soul.
Psalm 63:1, O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Illus – One of the most famous rock songs of all time came out of the 60s. It was 1965. This song by the Rolling Stones became an icon of the 60s because people could relate to it. “I can’t get no… satisfaction. But I try and I try and I try.” People loved that song because they could relate to it.
- Maybe the problem was that they didn’t understand the difference between a rolling stone and a solid rock.
- Because when Christ is your foundation, when you are standing on the Rock of Christ and you know in whom you have placed your trust, then your soul can be satisfied to the full.
Psalm 63:3-5, Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.
- Verse 10 continues to speak of the world from which He saved you when it says, “And in the howling waste of the wilderness…”
- That’s a powerful picture of the world — a waste in the wilderness.
Illus – Another expression they came under the 60s, “I was wasted, man.” Right on. Don’t waste your life.
C. God watches over the apple of His eye
- Verse 10 — “He encircled Him, He cared for him, and He guarded him as the apple of His eye.”
- The apple of the eye is the pupil of the eye. The pupil of the eye is the light of the soul.
- God is describing His relationship of commitment to them. He redeemed them from a desert land, from the wasted wilderness. But then He encircled them, He guarded them as the apple of his eye.
- In other words, when the eyes of the Lord range to and fro throughout the whole earth, the apple of his eye is Israel.
- In the same way, God said, he keeps you as the apple of his eye. That’s you.
Illus – His Eye is On the Sparrow…
Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come, why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven, heaven and home, when Jesus is my portion, my constant friend is He; His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches over me.
I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free, for His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches over me.
Psalm 17:7-8, Wondrously show Your lovingkindness, O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand… Keep me as the apple of the eye…
Zechariah 2:8, For thus says the Lord of hosts… “He who touches you, touches the apple of My eye.”
- You might say, “I don’t feel like He is guarding Me as the apple of His eye because I’m going through a difficult time.”
- If you feel that way, then you need to keep reading and listening to the song of Moses.
II. God’s Favor Covers You
- Verse 11 — He compares the relationship God has with you like an eagle to her young.
- He covers them when they need protection and stirs the nest when they need to fly. God will do both.
Psalm 91:1, 4, He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty… He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness as a shield and bulwark.
A. The Lord may stir up the nest
- The eagle builds its nest high in the cliffs amongst the rocks. It keeps them safe while they are young, but they must learn to fly.
Illus – When we were on vacation in Alaska, we saw many bald eagles and learned how they build their nests.
They mate for life and every year they continue to add to their nest. Some nests are more than 15 feet deep and 20 feet wide.
- God makes a comparison with the way of an eagle and God’s relationship to Israel and to you.
Illus -Eagles teach their young to fly by stirring up the nest and allowing the young to stretch its wings and catch the air as it rises beneath it. The nest is stirred until the young eagle learns to soar to the heights.
- Verse 13 — “He made him ride on the high places of the earth.”
- When the nest is stirred, it is a picture of God allowing trials and difficulties in your life that He will use to strengthen and increase your life for the purpose He has for you.
- If you know that is true, you will look for that which He is doing amid the troubles to strengthen and increase your life.
App – Imagine the fear of a young eagle learning to fly. But fear turns to joy when the young eagle learns to soar to places higher and greater than he has ever known.
- Those things that cause sorrow or pain are the very things God can use to bring greater depth of faith to your soul.
Psalm 30:11-12, You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, that my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
B. Wait on the Lord and gain new strength
- Be patient. Wait on the Lord. God will deliver, God will help in time of need, but wait. Don’t become inpatient and make a mistake.
- Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength. Faith increases when you wait with hope. He will do it. Be patient.
Isaiah 40:29-31, It is He who gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow tired and weary, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not faint.
- Wait on the Lord and trust that God is able to work in your life; that He is for you in every way.
Psalm 127:1-2, Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for it is He who gives to His beloved even while he sleeps.
- Waiting on the Lord is to let your heart take courage and be strengthened in Him.
Psalm 27:14, Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.
7 “Remember the days of old,
Consider the years of all generations.
Ask your father, and he will inform you,
Your elders, and they will tell you.
8 “When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance,
When He separated the sons of [a]man,
He set the boundaries of the peoples
According to the number of the sons of Israel.
9 “For the Lord’s portion is His people;
Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.
10 “He found him in a desert land,
And in the howling waste of a wilderness;
He encircled him, He cared for him,
He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
11 “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
That hovers over its young,
He spread His wings and caught them,
He carried them on His pinions.
12 “The Lord alone guided him,
And there was no foreign god with him.
13 “He made him ride on the high places of the earth,
And he ate the produce of the field;
And He made him suck honey from the rock,
And oil from the flinty rock,
14 Curds of cows, and milk of the flock,
With fat of lambs,
And rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats,
With the finest of the wheat—
And of the blood of grapes you drank wine.