Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants (Deuteronomy 32:2 NIV).
This forms the introduction of the song that God asked Moses to write down and teach the Israelites so that they may sing it. It was to be God’s witness against them. It would be a constant reminder to them of God’s faithfulness and their own faithlessness.
The teaching from God is here wished for to fall like rain and dew. It is also compared to the effect of showers on new grass and abundant rain on tender plants.
As we think on these images we are reminded of the fact that both dew and rain fall from above from the heavens. The teachings of God, it reminds us, are not man-made. They are not of the earth. But it comes from above, from God and heaven itself. We would do well to listen to it because they come from God Himself.
Another thought that the showers bring to our mind is the refreshing effect it has on nature. Especially a shower in the hot summer brings coolness with it. The grass is bathed with the refreshing water and its sight after the rain is lovely. This is what God’s teaching would do to our souls. It refreshes and brings new life and vigor.
The final thought here is about God’s teaching likened unto abundant showers on tender plants. For tender plants to grow well they need water. This tells about the need of nourishment in our life. Growth in Christian life is not possible without nourishment. It is impossible. So let our prayers be that God send His teaching to us as abundant rain so that we might grow healthy and strong.