“You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him.” (Deuteronomy 13:4 ESV)
Hold fast to God.
Obey His voice.
Walk after Him.
Keep His commandments.
I notice there are no negatives in Moses’ exhortation. Each suggestion is a positive statement of action. My favorite is “hold fast to Him.”
God is the anchor in my life. He keeps me in place, so to speak. If I drift in one direction — one which does not please Him, He pulls me back to center. I rely on Him. I trust Him.
I am in awe — in holy fear — of Him, of course. He is all-powerful, all-knowing. Yet my fear is tempered by my knowledge that He is all-loving as well. His justice is true. His wrath is satisfied. I need not fear to the point of dread of Him. For, He is my anchor in all things.
His voice is in His Word. I keep His Word in my mind at all times. I refresh my soul, spirit, heart in His Word every day, several times a day. I walk after Him which implies He is in front of me, leading the way. If I go the wrong direction, again He is my anchor and I hold fast to Him. I trust He pulls me back to center.
Keeping His commandments — what are His commandments? To love Him above all else and to love Him completely, with my entire being. And, to love others as I love myself. Only through Him am I able to obey.
Serving Him — Never enough.