Summary of passage: Moses leaves the people with encouraging words, telling them there is no one like God who is their refuge and salvation and protector and provider. They are blessed and will drive out their enemies with the Lord before them.
8 ) They are God’s chosen people no matter their sins (just like we are today). God chose them from the beginning and God will never abandon them. They are righteous if they follow the sacrificial law despite their rebellion. They are blessed and righteous because God said they are blessed and righteous. In my book, that’s proof enough.
9) Personal Question. My answer: God is omnipotent. God never abandons us. God drives out our enemies so we can live in safety. God blesses us and is our shield. God walks with me in my daily struggles which compound sometimes into the big struggles. Knowing He is there makes life indescribably easier.
Conclusions: Felt these questions could have been deeper. Moses sums up his whole experience with God in these three verses and gives them as a gift to us. God is there always and we should feel forever humbled and grateful and reverent for what He has done.
End Notes: Note the power in these words: “eternal God” and “everlasting arms”. God is forever. No other god was/is.
Israel shall live alone means Israel shall never merge with other people. They shall continue to be separate and set apart from all the other people–which is true to this day. Try reading the translation: “Israel shall dwell in safety; alone shall the fountain of Jacob be”.
Most translations render “Blessed” in verse 29 as “Happy.” Reads different, doesn’t it? We should be happy God has saved us and chosen us.
On this side of heaven, we are to read this victory as Jesus’s victory on the cross as well. These words instruct us: The One, True God has saved us completely; therefore, He is to be our refuge, our shelter, our protector, our provider. And in return we offer full faith, worship, and surrender to Him.