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Worship Lessons from Deuteronomy
Deuteronomy 10:12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require 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 keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good? Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Yet the Lord set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day.
The book of Deuteronomy is a record of past events, a review of the law, and a preparation for what’s about to come for the people of Israel. Moses addresses the crowds one last time before passing on leadership to Joshua, who will lead them into the Promised Land. Moses uses his final words to remind Israel about the faithfulness and lordship of the God we worship.
Worship is solely directed toward God - acknowledging that He is high, and we are humble. At the same time, does this interaction have an effect on us, as the worshipers?
When Moses unpacks the history of Israel’s captivity in and freedom from Egypt (chapters 1-3), he isn’t telling the people anything they don’t already know. He’s simply reminding them of the past because God’s track record of faithfulness will encourage their hearts for what’s ahead.
Do you notice a change in yourself after spending some time worshipping God? The reason we may walk away from a time of worship vastly different from when we began is that we walk away remembering Who He is and who we are! It’s a lift in perspective.
After reminding the Israelites of God’s faithfulness, goodness, and promises, Moses moved on to the commandments. This order is important. I don’t know about you, but I desire to obey God a whole lot more when I am assured of His perfect love and faultless character. My choice of following God comes out of a willing heart when I am confident of the God I serve and confident about why He is worthy of my worship.
Another thing to remember is the place we came from. The darkness where we stumbled around, the sin of which we were enslaved, the misery of unnecessary shame barriers in our love relationship with God.
Moses reminded the Israelites of their deliverance several times, followed by a charge to obey God’s commandments (16:12, 24:18, 24:22). Deuteronomy 15:15 specifically says, “You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today.”
Take Care Lest You Forget
Because of our inevitable tendencies toward sin and forsaking our God, we need to be reminded of truth constantly! We are only missing out on LIFE when we turn elsewhere.
Deuteronomy stresses a theme of intentionality. Moses repeats this phrase, “Take care, lest you forget…” throughout the book (4:23, 6:12, 8:11, 12:30), warning the people to be careful and focused in their pursuit of following the Lord. Deuteronomy 11:16 states it clearly, “Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them…”
Reminders in Daily Life
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
This passage describes a lifestyle of worship – an integration of truth reminders into daily life. I see a parallel in the book of Colossians:
Colossians 3:16 “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”
Our worship blesses God and benefits us. We need constant reminders of God’s faithfulness and the light He’s given us to walk in! Remember God’s faithfulness in sustaining His promises. Remember God’s faithfulness in the details of your own life. To maintain the right perspective, we’ll need to live in a continual state of worship, prayer, and meditation on the Word.
My challenge for us this week is to intentionally take care of our minds - to surrender areas of our hearts that are deceived, in order that we may walk more freely in the light. Rest in the ever so beautiful truth that God’s love motivates our obedience, and obedience is for our good!
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