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To serve, to fear, to obey, to listen, and to cling

October 9, 2016

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Revised and re-posted below is the Verse of the Day for October 9, 2016 taken from Deuteronomy 13:4 (NLT):

Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him.

This verse contains directives to the Children of Israel expressed in the form of five verbs:

To serve, to fear, to obey, to listen, and to cling: in a similar way these action words could be applied to our lives today as believers.

To serve:

Deuteronomy 6:13 (Amplified Bible) reiterates the same message that the people of God are to serve Him alone:

You shall fear [only] the Lord your God; and you shall serve Him [with awe-filled reverence and profound respect] and swear [oaths] by His name [alone].

When Jesus Christ was tempted of the Devil in the wilderness, the Savior’s response came from this very passage in Deuteronomy 6:13:

Matthew 4:10 (Amplified Bible)

Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written and forever remains written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”

To fear:

Regarding the fear of the Lord, Job 28:28 (NLT) offers this reminder:

And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’”

The Psalmist echoes a similar sentiment in Psalm 111:10 (NLT)

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!

Amplified Bible also connects the fear of the Lord with obedience:

The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that leads to obedience and worship] is a fountain of life, So that one may avoid the snares of death.

To obey:

Regarding this verb, Deuteronomy 11:22 offers these words of wisdom:

“Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.

To listen:

In addition, the people of God are to “listen to His voice:

Deuteronomy 13:18 tells us:

“The Lord your God will be merciful only if you listen to his voice and keep all his commands that I am giving you today, doing what pleases him.

The expression “listen to his voice” brings to mind the following poem which encourages believers to perfect listening as a highly developed art:

The Art of Listening

God has something to say to you,

God has something to say.

Listen, Listen, Pay close attention.

God has something to say.

Children’s Song

 

The Lord GOD has given me

The tongue of the learned

That I should know how to speak

A word in season to him who is weary.

He awakens me morning by morning,

He awakens my ear

To hear as the learned.

The Lord GOD has opened my ear;    

And I was not rebellious,

Nor did I turn away.

Isaiah 50:4-5

 

Listen, listen, children: hear with the inner ear.

Tune your ears to hear in the center of your heart.

I will whisper cherished secrets as you come near.

To listen intently and obey is an art,

Practiced and perfected day by day.

As you hide my Word in the center of your heart,

I perform and bring to pass every word I say.

In my unfolding Kingdom, you too have a part,

For to walk in love is the more excellent way.

Partake of my promises and consume my Word.

As precious as life-giving water, hold it dear

And do my will, proving all things that you have heard.

Listen intently and obey: Perfect this art.

Listen, listen, children: hear with the inner ear.

To cling:

The final verb means to stick to or to stick with, stay close, cleave, and keep close.  It has also been translated to follow closely, join to, overtake, and catch. As believers, all of our energy and efforts should be toward pursuing and adhering to the precepts of the Lord, our God.

Deuteronomy 10:20 provides another directive to fear and to cling:

You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him. Your oaths must be in his name alone.

The Psalmist makes this statement:

Psalm 119:31 (NLT):

I cling to your laws. Lord, don’t let me be put to shame!

We conclude our discussion with a musical reference to the final verb:

“Cling to Christ” by Sovereign Grace Music

 

 

 

To serve, to fear, to obey, to listen, and to cling.

October 9, 2015

Deuteronomy_13-4Verse of the Day for October 9, 2015 is found in Deuteronomy 13:4 (NLT):

Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him.

This verse contains directives to the Children of Israel expressed in the form of five verbs:To serve, to fear, to obey, to listen, and to cling. In a similar way these action words could be applied to our lives today.

The first verb is “serve.”

Deuteronomy 6:13 (Amplified Bible) reiterates the same message that the people of God are to serve Him alone:

You shall fear [only] the Lord your God; and you shall serve Him [with awe-filled reverence and profound respect] and swear [oaths] by His name [alone].

When Jesus Christ was tempted of the Devil in the wilderness, the Savior’s response came from Deuteronomy 6:13:

Matthew 4:10 (Amplified Bible)

Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written and forever remains written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”

Regarding to fear, as in to have the fear of the Lord, Job 28:28 (NLT) offers this reminder:

And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’”

The Psalmist echoes a similar sentiment in Psalm 111:10 (NLT)

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!

Amplified Bible also connects the fear of the Lord with obedience:

The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that leads to obedience and worship] is a fountain of life, So that one may avoid the snares of death.

Regarding the verb to obey, Deuteronomy 11:22 offers these words of wisdom:

“Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.

In addition the people of God are to “listen to His voice:

Deuteronomy 13:18 tells us:

“The Lord your God will be merciful only if you listen to his voice and keep all his commands that I am giving you today, doing what pleases him.

The expression “listen to his voice” brings to mind the following poem which encourages believers to perfect listening as a highly developed art:

The Art of Listening                          

God has something to say to you,

God has something to say.

Listen, Listen, Pay close attention.

God has something to say.

Children’s Song

 

 

The Lord GOD has given me

The tongue of the learned

That I should know how to speak

A word in season to him who is weary.

He awakens me morning by morning,

He awakens my ear

To hear as the learned.

The Lord GOD has opened my ear;    

And I was not rebellious,

Nor did I turn away.

Isaiah 50:4-5

Listen, listen, my son: hear with the inner ear.

Tune your ears to hear in the center of your heart.

I will whisper cherished secrets as you come near.

To listen intently and obey is an art,

Practiced and perfected day by day.

As you hide my Word in the center of your heart,

I perform and bring to pass each word that I say.

In my unfolding Kingdom, you too have a part,

For to walk in love is the more excellent way.

Partake of my promises and consume my Word.

As precious as life-giving water, hold it dear

And do my will, proving all things that you have heard.

Listen intently and obey: Perfect this art.

Listen, listen, my son: hear with the inner ear.

The final verb is cling where Deuteronomy 10:20 provides another directive to fear and to cling:

You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him. Your oaths must be in his name alone.

The Psalmist also  makes this statement:

Psalm 119:31(NLT):

I cling to your laws. Lord, don’t let me be put to shame!

In summary, the Verse of the Day encompasses five powerful verbs that God commands His people to apply to their lives: To serve, to fear, to obey, to listen, and to cling.

We conclude with Geoff Moore and Steven Curtis Chapman offering a song about listening to the voice of God: “Listen to our Hearts”:

Deuteronomy 13:4: From “gotta to gitta”

October 9, 2014

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Deuteronomy 13:4: From “gotta to gitta”

The Verse of the Day for October 9, 2014 is taken from Deuteronomy 13:4 (KJV), and I am re-posting the blog entry from this day last year:

Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

Verse 4 of Deuteronomy 13 incorporates the conjunction “and,” the most frequently used word in the King James Version of the Bible, being used 28,364 times. The figure of speech known as polysyndeton involves using “many ands” where is there is emphasis placed on each item listed in any series connected by the conjunction. This figure is particularly noteworthy in the Verse of the Day for October 9, 2013, where “and” is used five times, symbolic of God’s grace.

The Amplified Bible renders the Verse of the Day in this way:

You shall walk after the Lord your God

and [reverently] fear Him,

and keep His commandments

and obey His voice,

and you shall serve Him

and cling to Him

In reflecting upon the first three “ands” incorporated into the verse, “…walk …and fear…and keep…and obey…, “ I thought of the familiar hymn “Trust and Obey” which is magnificently displayed in the following video:

The fourth “and” indicates that we must also “serve” the Lord, the phrase which brings to mind the song of commitment by Carman, “I Will Serve the Lord,” illustrated so powerfully in this video:

The final “and” precedes the phrase “cling to Him” which is expressed in a contemporary song “Cling to the Lord” by K-hos who perform on the following video which is dedicated to David Garcia:

The Verse of Day provides great exhortation as to what believers must do each day. Our actions are distilled into these six verbs: “walk, fear, keep, obey, serve and cling.” In one sense, we could look upon this verse as indicating six actions on our daily “to do list,” actions that we have to do or “got to do.” I suggest, however, making an adjustment in how we think about essential things that we “got to do.” A number of years ago, a dear friend, Dr. Dale Sides , introduced the concept of changing our attitude from what we must do or “got to do” to thinking about what we have the privilege to do or “get to do.” I shared the concept of changing our thinking from “gotta” to “gitta” with a friend and fellow teacher, Yolanda Stewart, who suggested that I express that concept in a poem to show just how important making such an attitude adjustment can be. The poem seems ideally suited to the demands expressed in Deuteronomy 13:4

From “Gotta” to “Gitta“

For Yolanda Stewart

with gratitude to Dr. Dale Sides

who introduced the concept

 

Little biddy things can happen that don’t make sense.

Changing one little letter makes a big difference.

Subtle changes in the words we speak can change our mood:

From “gotta” to “gitta” shows a whole new attitude.

 

“I ‘gotta’ go to work and pass the time away”

Becomes “I ‘gitta’ go to work; I have a job today!”

“I ‘gotta’ take care of these kids—that’s another world”

Becomes “I ‘gitta’ nurture those who will someday change the world!”

 

Work heartily for the Lord whatever you do.

Remember in the end that He will reward you.

You may not agree with me, but it’s still so true,

Especially when you face tasks you don’t “wanna” do.

 

Some doors may close, but this key to life you will find:

Put off the old, put on the new–renew your mind.

“ ‘Gotta’ to ‘gitta’ ” is thinking of another kind.

Move ahead in faith, and you won’t be left behind.

 

We have to change in the midst of these changing times.

Standing on the mountain top is the one who climbs.

Changing how we think and what we say does make sense;

From “gotta” to “gitta” makes a really big difference.

 

The poem also brings to mind that October is “Positive Attitude Month,” an occasion that I discuss in an Examiner.com article.

Once again, the Verse of the Day was most stimulating in a number of ways.

Deuteronomy 13:4: From “gotta to gitta”

October 9, 2013

Deuteronomy_13-4

Verse 4 of Deuteronomy 13 incorporates the conjunction “and,” the most frequently used word in the King James Version of the Bible, being used 28,364 times.  The figure of speech known as polysyndeton involves using “many ands” where is there is emphasis placed on each item listed in any series connected by the conjunction. This figure is particularly noteworthy in the Verse of the Day for October 9, 2013, where “and” is used five times, symbolic of God’s grace.

The Amplified Bible renders the Verse of the Day in this way:

 You shall walk after the Lord your God

and [reverently] fear Him,

and keep His commandments

and obey His voice,

and you shall serve Him

and cling to Him

In reflecting upon the first three “ands” incorporated into the verse, “…walk …and fear…and keep…and obey…, “  I thought of the familiar hymn “Trust and Obey” which is magnificently displayed in the following video:

The fourth “and” indicates that we must “serve” the Lord, the phrase which brings to mind the song of commitment by Steve Green, “I Will Serve the Lord,” illustrated so powerfully in this video:

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=92FCE1NU

The final “and” precedes the phrase “cling to Him” which is expressed in a contemporary song “Cling to the Lord” by K-hos who perform on the following video which is dedicated to David Garcia:

The Verse of Day provides great exhortation as to what believers must do each day. Our actions are distilled into six verbs: “walk, fear, keep, obey, serve and cling.” In one sense, we could look upon this verse as indicating six actions on our daily “to do list,” actions that we have to do or “got to do.”  I suggest, however, making an adjustment in how we think about essential things that we “got to do.”  A number of years ago, a dear friend, Dr. Dale Sides , introduced the concept of changing our attitude from what we must do or “got to do” to thinking about what we have the privilege to do or “get to do.”  I shared the concept of changing our thinking from “gotta” to “gitta” with a friend and fellow teacher, Yolanda Stewart, who suggested that I express that concept in a poem to show just how important making such an attitude adjustment can be.  The poem seems ideally suited to the demands expressed in Deuteronomy 13:4:

From “Gotta” to “Gitta“

For Yolanda Stewart

 with gratitude to Dr. Dale Sides

who introduced the concept

 

Little biddy things can happen that don’t make sense.

Changing one little letter makes a big difference.

Subtle changes in the words we speak can change our mood:

From “gotta” to “gitta” shows a whole new attitude.

 

“I ‘gotta’ go to work and pass the time away”

Becomes “I ‘gitta’ go to work; I have a job today!”

“I ‘gotta’ take care of these kids—that’s another world”

Becomes “I ‘gitta’ nurture those who will someday change the world!”

 

Work heartily for the Lord whatever you do.

Remember in the end that He will reward you.

You may not agree with me, but it’s still so true,

Especially when you face tasks you don’t “wanna” do.

Some doors may close, but this key to life you will find:

Put off the old, put on the new–renew your mind.

“ ‘Gotta’ to ‘gitta’ ” is thinking of another kind.

Move ahead in faith, and you won’t be left behind.

 

We have to change in the midst of these changing times.

Standing on the mountain top is the one who climbs.

Changing how we think and what we say does make sense;

From “gotta” to “gitta” makes a really big difference.

 

The poem also brings to mind that October is “Positive Attitude Month,” an occasion that I discuss in a recently posted Examiner.com article that readers can access with this link:

Positive Attitude Month: Being positive makes a difference

Once again, the Verse of the Day was most stimulating in a number of ways.