March 8 – Blessed to Be Joyful, Thankful and Prayerful

Moses knew that he was not going with the Israelites when they crossed the Jordan River to occupy the land promised to them.  With great care he continued to address the assembly by telling them more specific instructions that would be vital for them to follow. When the Lord your God has brought you into the land you are entering to possess, you are to proclaim on Mount Gerizim the blessings, and on Mount Ebal the curses. 

Then Moses detailed the importance of pure worship that pleases God.  Again both negative and positive conclusions were explained.  Moses desired those he lead for the past forty years to thrive in their new land.

So many benefits awaited those who choose to obey. There, in the presence of the LORD your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the LORD your God has blessed you.  God was blessing them with a land promised to them.  No more wandering, but meaningful work and life with their families was before them.  Joy should be a part of work, of life, and it really can be as we live in the Presence of the Lord.  I pray that as we live lives that are joyful, thankful and prayerful our times of personal worship as well as corporate worship would bless the Lord our God.  Amen.

Deuteronomy 11:29, 12:7 NIV