277 times in the book of Deuteronomy, the prophet Moses writes as a reminder to Israel, that it is “The LORD your God“ with whom ancient Israel had to contend. God had rescued Israel. He redeemed her and made her His own possession, treasuring her above all other peoples, and making her the one through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3).
Today, as I was reading Deuteronomy, I ran across these verses in chapter 26:
“The LORD has today declared you to be His people, a treasured possession, as He promised you, and that you should keep all His commandments; and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, for praise, fame, and honor; and that you shall be a consecrated people to the LORD your God, as He has spoken.” (vs. 18-19, NASB)
Such wonders have been granted to Israel and through Christ, to the Church! A tiny place. A small people. Yet God choose Israel and set his affection upon them and through them, promised to send a redeemer who would bless the entire world. That is our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Truly, God has done marvelous things in the good news of the gospel. Truly, Augustine has rightly said:
He loves Thee too little
who loves anything together with Thee
which he loves not for Thy sake.”
The Confessions of Augustine
Today, remind your soul of the greatness of Christ. Though the world rail at Him, deny Him, refuse to follow Him, let we who call Him Lord, bow in worship and rise to serve Him and love others with all that we have today.