Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who is unbiased and takes no bribe, who justly treats the orphan and widow, and who loves resident foreigners, giving them food and clothing. Deuteronomy 10.17-18
In Deuteronomy, Moses was repeating the law for the Israelites. They were getting ready to enter the promised land. Moses would not go with them. He had sinned against God and as a result he would not be allowed to enter the promised land. Moses knew firsthand the consequences of sin.
Moses gives several descriptions of God. In 10.14, he states that the heavens, the earth, and everything in it belong to God. He is great, mighty and awesome. He is no respecter of persons and cannot be bribed. He takes care of the widows and orphans, people who were considered to be the most helpless of their day. He loves the resident foreigner, taking care of his basic needs.
God is so majestic, how can one not worship him? When Israel went to Egypt, they numbered around 70 people. He blessed them through the years taking them for his own people and Israel grew to be a great nation, which he rescued from Egypt.
Moses encouraged the Israelites to revere God, to serve him, and be loyal to him. They had seen the mighty works that he had done to bring them out of Egypt and care for them in the desert. He was the one they should praise.
Today is no different. God is the one we should praise!