Daily Devotional for April 9
How blessed you are, O Israel! Who else is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your protecting shield and your triumphant sword! Your enemies will bow low before you, and you will trample on their backs! —Deuteronomy 33:29
Moses gave his final blessing upon God’s people, and we, the children of Abraham, can lay claim by faith to the rich pronouncements found in Deuteronomy 33. First, God promised that His people would “dwell between His shoulders” in security (Deuteronomy 33:12 KJV). There is no greater security and protection than in riding on the back of the Lord! Next, He said His children would enjoy “the best gifts of the earth and its fullness” (v. 16). Because God made the earth, He can certainly cause it to yield its best for His own. In addition, He promised His people physical strength for their entire lives (v. 25). Jesus offered this same promise to another child of Abraham hundreds of years later: “Wasn’t it necessary for me, even on the Sabbath day, to free this dear woman from the bondage in which Satan has held her for eighteen years?” (Luke 13:16). Healing and strength are part of the blessing of the Lord. Finally, He promised His children the peace and security of the everlasting arms underneath them (Deuteronomy 33:27). Security in an insecure world is priceless, and it belongs to us. Let’s lay claim to our blessings, for we are people saved by the Lord (Deuteronomy 33:29).