“Blessings Will Run After Us” Deuteronomy 28:1-2 commentary by David Guzik, notes with L.Willows

Blessings for Obedience

And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 28:1-2

The promise of God in Deuteronomy 28:1-2 offers many powerful insights that we can learn from when we listen with our hearts and open ourselves to applying the wisdom of its mighty blessing to our lives with obedience. The following commentary by David Guzik is a lead to deeper understanding. L.Willows

Blessings on obedience, Commentary by David Guzik Blue Letter Bible / David Guzik Study Guide

1. (Deu 28:1-2) Overtaken by blessing.

Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:

a. If you diligently obey the voice of the LORD: The word “if” looms large. In this chapter, Moses exhorted the nation with choice. The covenant God made with Israel contained three major features: The law, the sacrifice, and the choice.

i. The idea behind the choice is that God was determined to reveal Himself to the world through Israel. He would do this either by making them so blessed that the world would know only God could have blessed them so; or by making them so cursed that only God could have cursed them and cause them to still survive. The choice was up to Israel.

In our own lives, we are subject to the same ‘reveal’ of God. We, both as individuals and collectives find times and seasons of apparent fullness and lack, opportunity and trial- that it can seem that we are very blessed or not at all. Somehow, there seems to be a choice that is up to us, something or someone is ‘knocking at the door’ with a message and a reason for our survival. Our Creator wishes to make Himself known to us.

ii. As a literary form, this chapter is similar to ancient treaties between a king and his people; this is God the King, making a covenant with His people, Israel.

iii. “In the ancient Near East it was customary for legal treaties to conclude with passages containing blessings upon those who observed the enactments, and curses upon those who did not.” (Harrrison)

All of God’s Promises (legal treaties) which were a covenant with His people ended with a blessing. We often do not realize or understand that there is an unspoken ‘opposite’ action for not obeying the treaties. What are the results of disobedience to the laws (commands in the old and new testament) of God? How do we try to avoid facing the truth of our status in spiritual obedience. Do we try to build status elsewhere?

b. That the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth: Therefore, if Israel would obey the LORD, He would set them high above all nations of the earth, and the blessings would be so powerful that they would come upon you and overtake you. They wouldn’t be able to escape the blessings.

Obedience

The message inherent in The Promise of God is that when we obey His command to put Him first (to set Him high, above all other things in our lives and treasure Him as our first cause, our Creator) then the blessings in our lives will become so powerful that they will overtake us.

Sacrifice and Choice

The lesson given as The Law, The Sacrifice and The Choice continues to guide us in our everyday lives. God’s law defines what must rule and be obeyed. We can recall that there was a great “If” in the lesson and on the journey. We have choice. In obedience we make sacrifices and form covenants according to God’s law.

Blessings

God’s blessings run after us according to his promises. He reaches to every people and nation throughout the earth. We are called to listen and obey. The blessings of his love and salvation run after us in relentless pursuit. L.Willows

“Born in The Day”, a worship poem from L.Willows (Love, God’s Presence, Prayer)

Born in The Day

There – gathered, swept, in the Light of God’s midst.
Hearts were ablaze like fires, sun kissed.
Dances unwound, that spun like gold,
To the near and the vast from The Beloved’s hold.

All of God’s children were filled from above
They hastened to hear -to listen, to love.
Marked by time, by the winds that call,
Those were the ones that prayed with enthrall.

Born in The Day when Promise took hold,
hearts were encircled, embraced by Loves’ gold.
There -gathered, swept, in the Light of God’s midst.
Hearts were ablaze like fires, sun kissed.

© 2020 Linda Willows

 Isaiah 9:6 –For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

1 Chronicles 29:11 —Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.

“From a Vast Honeycomb”, a worship poem from L.Willows (Called by God, the Promise)

FROM A VAST HONEYCOMB BY L.WILLOWS

Here from behind, here from between,
We – some, in the midst, bear burdened heart dreams.

Long ago calls echo, they imprint, they rebound,
Like the years shedding, to find a new sound.
Some, like lost rising from a vast honeycomb,
Surge as from Ocean, like a wave coming Home.

Who leads the way and bears all at the fore,
Keeps hearts in the midst of the cries at the Door.
Hearing the calls, wearing the fray
that swells in tide’s mist, at the promise of Day.

Here from behind, here from between,
We in your midst, bear the dream of Love seen.
Some, like lost rising from a vast honeycomb,
Surge as from Ocean, like a wave coming Home.

Long ago calls echo, they imprint, they rebound,
Like the years shedding, to find a new sound.

© 2019 Linda Willows

In each of our lives, there are heart callings, needs, trials. We are beckoned to boldly lift our vision above and beyond what is “shedding” and loosening itself before us. Much cries out to be sacrificed. We are faced with difficult choices yet we often don’t realize that there is always a choice, that nothing ever stays the same. We discover the ‘new sound’, God’s mighty call – that compels us to step into something that is different than before. We are constantly reborn to deepening expanses of love and awakening to God if we walk with courage. The Psalms speak of God’s nearness to us from the beginning. His promises are true. He goes before us each. When we reach out, there is a mighty arm reaching for us.

Psalm 75:1
We give thanks to You, O God; we give thanks, for Your name is near. The people declare Your wondrous works.

Psalm 145:18
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.

Lamentations 3:57
You drew near when I called on You; You said, “Do not be afraid.”