June 16, 2009

He is my praise, He is my God.

I love the times when I'm reading through my Bible and discover a passage which I never noticed before. Maybe I had read it before, but didn't pay any attention to it. Or maybe I just haven't visited that part of Gods word before.

My devotional readings are making it's way through Deuteronomy at the moment. I haven't really read it before - I always thought of it as a another list of rules and history I don't understand - that are important but don't really relate to me today.

Instead I have found so many bits and pieces which speak to me today, all those years later.

And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but 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 observe the LORD's commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?
To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the LORD set his affection on your forefathers and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations, as it is today. Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt. Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.

(Deuteronomy 10:12-21)

What does God ask of me, but to fear the LORD my God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD my God with all my heart and with all my soul, and to observe the LORD's commands and decrees? It encompasses everything.
But he doesn't expect me to do it alone, I can only do it when I hold fast to him.

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