bow down to him, all gods

Today's devotion from Deuteronomy 31 & 32.

Our reading today encompasses the song of Moses as recorded in Deuteronomy 32. We have already seen Joshua anointed as the the next leader, and Moses surely realizes that his time is coming to an end. While he must have been filled with mixed emotions, we only know that the Lord gives him a song of prophecy to relay to the people.

As you read the words of this song, it is pretty clear that this is not an incredibly upbeat song. God uses it to prophesy about the people going wayward, and His use of other nations in correcting their path. As the song comes to its conclusion, notice the use of the first person pronoun, ‘I’.

God is reminding the people through this prophetic song that He alone is God. There are many other gods, but there is only one True God. Only one can claim sovereignty over all things. Only one can claim just judgment over creation. Only one can punish His people or preserve them. Only one.

How do we respond? Verse 43 tells us there are only two responses in the presence of this one True God, “Rejoice with him, O heavens; bow down to him, all gods.” (Deuteronomy 32:43, ESV) These are your two options. If you are aligned with Him, you can rejoice with all of the saints and angels in heaven. If not, then know that you will be humbled in His holy presence.

In the end, we will either bow before Him praise or cower before Him in reverence, but rest assured, “…every knee shall bow and tongue confess that He is Lord.” This is promised in Isaiah 45:23 and remembered in Romans 14:11. All things in creation will recognize Him as God.