To fear the Lord our God is to love Him! This fear is different from craven fear – it encompasses awe, respect, reverence. The phrase: our God is a burning fire, has the same meaning for fear – a healthy respect. Is your respect of God healthy or unhealthy?
* Dear God, the heavens declare Your glory, the sky above proclaims Your handiwork – What a God You are!
“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.”
Here, deep in the Old Testament, we read a clear pointer to Jesus and the new covenant He would bring in.
We read here of a God, a Heavenly Father, who even though He is Lord of all creation has set His heart in love for His people – what a thing this is!
The old covenant is one of circumcision of the body.
This was only ever a pointer to a better, deeper, fuller covenant – One of the heart.
“Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn.”
Oh that our hearts would be circumcised, no longer stubborn.
This is what Jesus does for us.
In Jeremiah 31 we read the Lord’s words on the new covenant,
“I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts.”
We were stubborn and hard of heart, but God called us and brought us into Himself in Jesus.
God broke our hard hearts, He circumcised the foreskin of our hearts and dissolved the stubborn refusal to acknowledge Him as Lord and Saviour.
This is what Moses wants for Israel – He preaches to them with such clarity.
What else have we to do but as Moses wanted, as the Lord calls us to – To walk in obedience to our King, the One who called us from darkness into light!
* Heavenly Father,
You have chosen us in Your love, giving us new hearts upon which You write Your word.
Thank You Lord!
Please fix our eyes on You this day.