Deuteronomy means “second law” and this part of God’s Story contains a flowing history lesson for the Israelites. Moses didn’t deliver a different or additional law, but the same law given a second time to a new generation of Israelites who were only children at the time the original Ten Commandments were presented. They needed to hear God’s law fresh for they were about to go into the Promised Land. He described the many and specific ways that God had provided for His people and ended with a wonderful description of the land that would soon be theirs. How about a little foretaste of what was in store for the obedient? “And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.”
Moses told those following him to remember God, and not to forget that it was He who brought them into this great situation. Several translations quote Deuteronomy 8:10 as “you shall praise the Lord…” which is a great thing to do, however, I like how the English Standard Version puts it: “you shall bless the Lord.” God is the One who blesses us with all that we have, and we are to bless the Lord and be careful not to forget Him when we are filled with blessings.