The One Who Is Our Praise!

The five verses of our study in Deuteronomy today are one of the reasons why I wanted to study this book.

I have divided the verses into five sections and provided meditations on the verses.

I encourage you to spend time in prayer and meditation on these verses, too.

May God bless our understanding of these powerful thoughts about himself.

A Summary of What God Requires

This section begins with a summary of what God requires of his people.

Deuteronomy 10.12-13So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,

And to keep the commandments of the Lord your God and his decrees that I am commanding you today, for your own well-being.

When I think of the 53 years that I have enjoyed in a personal relationship with God, I know he is my best friend. I can go to him with any question or concern.

I have attempted to live my life guided by the actions and attitudes that Jesus gave the world. I am a witness to the fact that well-being accompanies a life with God and his direction.

An Astounding Privilege

People with a relationship with Jesus can say, “I am friends with the Greatest Being of All.” Meditate on the immense privilege that is described in the next two verses.

Deuteronomy 10.14-15Although heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the Lord your God, the earth with all that is in it,

Yet the Lord set his heart in love on your ancestors alone and chose you, their descendants after them, out of all the peoples, as it is today.

Let’s meditate on this phrase, “the Lord set his heart in love on us.”

It does not matter what anyone else says about you, God has stated his love for you over and over again throughout the Bible. His greatest statement of love for you was the life, death, and resurrection of his Son.

Our Response to Love

Love deserves a response. Since God loves us, we should remove the protective covering from our inside self.

Deuteronomy 10.16 Circumcise, then, the foreskin of your heart, and do not be stubborn any longer.

Because of God’s great love for us, we should freely allow him any access he desires to our hearts. Our love for God should begin in the heart and reveal itself by the actions of our body.

Circumcision is performed as a sign of the Hebrew nation’s special relationship with God. Every male child is circumcised on his eighth day of life.

For God So Loved the World

John 3.16 states that God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. God’s love for all was part of his agreement with Israel.

Deuteronomy 10.17-19For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe,

Who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing.

You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

The orphan, widow, and stranger (or immigrant) were easily the most overlooked people in the ancient world. God provides justice for the vulnerable, just as he cares for the rich and powerful.

As we live the Jesus-kind-of-life, we will imitate God’s love for the vulnerable with whom we come into contact.

As you think about the worldwide migration and immigration problem, please include them in your prayers. Ask God’s mercy for the millions who have been displaced by war, famine, and oppression.

God is Our Praise

The last two verses provide another summary of the response we should give to God’s love.

Deuteronomy 10.20-21You shall fear the Lord your God; him alone you shall worship; to him you shall hold fast, and by his name you shall swear.

He is your praise; he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things that your own eyes have seen.

— Fear the Lord – Live in awe of his dynamic nature and character.

— Worship God alone – We should avoid all substitutes for God.

— Hold fast to God – An intimate relationship is offered to us and we should joyfully accept it.

— He is our praise – These five verses highlight why God is worthy of our praise.

About This Blog

Rudy Ross and I had a fun time discussing these verses. I hope you will take a few minutes to listen to our video on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. Rudy is an excellent Bible student and lover of God. You will profit from his insights.

Please email your prayer requests to bsprad49@gmail.com or private message me on Facebook. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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