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“When he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law … He shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God.” – Deuteronomy 17:18-19

God knew that eventually Israel would want to be ruled by kings. So, before they entered the Promised Land, He provided instructions specifically to help them choose a king wisely. First God stressed that each king needed to write his own copy of the law and “read in it all the days of his life.” It was not enough to know about God’s Word. It had to be central to their lives. God knew that His Word would provide focus, keep the kings humble, and give them the wisdom to make the right decisions. Each of us needs this same commitment to the Word of God. Many Christians have lives marked by doubt. Others are filled with fear and worry or fail to experience victory. To be protected, blessed, and guided by God, we need to read, study, and think about His Word continually. We need to make the Bible personal in our lives every day. The Bible gives us practical principles that apply in our families and finances, our jobs, and private lives. These principles keep us on the right path, help us stay focused, and prevent mistakes, presumptions, and sin. Today, the Bible assures us that God wants to bless you and give you wisdom. He wants to guide you. Remember to fill your life with His Word. It will be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Psalm 119:105).

Read: Deuteronomy 17

Joy In Worship


“You shall rejoice before the LORD … You shall rejoice in your feast … the LORD your God will bless you … in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful.” – Deuteronomy 16:11, 14-15 NASB

Some think worship should be solemn – a ritual, an obligation. But the Bible confirms that God has a different perspective. Worship should be filled with joy! Within just a few sentences, Moses repeated the importance of joy three times to the Israelites. He instructed them to rejoice before the Lord and to be joyful at the feast. And He wanted them to obey Him, so their joy would be complete. He commanded them to be joyful!

That same spirit of joy should be part of our contemporary worship. Worship is an opportunity to praise God! We need to remember all He has done, celebrate His faithfulness, and declare His victory! But we cannot enter joyful worship unless we have an intimate relationship with Him. We should look for a reason to celebrate.

The Bible tells us that as we enter His presence, we can experience the fullness of joy. We will realize that He blesses us so that we might rejoice before Him. We should serve Him joyfully so that we might share this joy with others.

Right now, instead of thinking about your needs and problems, focus on God. Take your mind off the situations you face and think about Him. Then start praising Him. Worship Him! Thank Him! Allow His joy to fill your heart. He promises that He wants to make your joy complete.

Read: Deuteronomy 16