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Make the Word prominent

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 6 months ago | 1382 views Link:

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In the book of Deuteronomy, God, through Moses, is giving the children of the Lord many instructions regarding how they are to live as they cross into the Promised Land.  In chapter 17, Moses tells them that they will desire to set a king over them like all the nations around them.  He tells them to be sure and set as king one whom the Lord chooses.  The king was not to multiply horses or wives or riches for himself lest his heart turn away. 

Another very important instruction was given to the king.  He was to write for himself in a book a copy of the law approved by the Levitical priests.  Moses said, “it shall be with him and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statures, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left ….”

Moses emphasized the importance of the word from God in keeping the heart from turning away.

Later, as Joshua took over leadership from Moses when the people moved into the land, Joshua made a similar statement.  He said, “this book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

Again, Joshua is emphasizing the importance of the word of God.

As we know, Israel’s first king failed in keeping these instructions and subsequent kings failed as well.  We might ask ourselves how important the word of God is in our own lives.  Most likely every one of us owns a Bible, the very word of God.  Perhaps it occupies a prominent place in our homes; right out in the open where all can see it.  But is it the case that it is prominent in our minds as well?  Is it read daily so that we receive strength, encouragement, comfort, and instruction in how we are to live?  Is it meditated upon day and night?  Does it affect the way we live our lives?

Joshua said it would give us good success.  Are we failing in some ways, as the kings did, because we have not been careful to make the word of God prominent in our minds as well as on the table?

We all live very busy lives and run in many different directions every day.  Do we run to the word of God as quickly or do we let other things so occupy our minds that our hearts turn away?

May we take the time daily to turn to the word of God.  May we make the word prominent in our minds.  May we meditate on what we read.  May we endeavor to live according to the word so that our hearts do not turn away.  May our Lord give us faithfulness to follow Him.  May He work in our hearts to give us a love for His word.


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Donnie Dalton Jr.


Cameron Luttmann

Psalm 119:15–16 (ESV): 15  I will meditate on your precepts

and fix my eyes on your ways.

16  I will delight in your statutes;

I will not forget your word.

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