Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 5, 2014

Let us proclaim the excellencies of our LORD.

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 8:1-10.

“1 “All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your forefathers.  2 You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.  3 He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.  4 Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years.  5 Thus you are to know in your heart that the Lord your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.  6 Therefore, you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him.  7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills;  8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey;  9 a land where you will eat food without scarcity, in which you will not lack anything; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper.  10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.”  Deuteronomy 8:1-10.

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Some may wonder why we don’t skip parts of Scripture.  Or, they may wonder when we get to the Psalms or the New Testament.  We are not impatient.  We delight to be in the middle of Deuteronomy.  We find riches in every chapter.  We live “by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord”.  Verse 3.  See also Jesus’ quote of this Scripture in Matthew 4:4 and Luke 4:4.

When we read about the Promised Land in verses 7-9, we think about our land, United States.  It is also “a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills;  a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey;  a land where you will eat food without scarcity, in which you will not lack anything; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper”.

So, let us eat and be satisfied.  Let us bless the Lord our God for the good land which He has given us.  Verse 10.

How can we bless our LORD?  

Let us proclaim the excellencies of our LORD.   

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God;  you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.

Let us use every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD to “proclaim His excellencies”.  Let us use every impulse of our thanks (for every word of the LORD and for every piece of the good land) to “proclaim His excellencies”.   

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