"The LORD came from Mount Sinai and dawned upon us from Mount Seir; he shone forth from Mount Paran and came from Meribah-kadesh with flaming fire at his right hand. Indeed, he loves his people; all his holy ones are in his hands. They follow in his steps and accept his teaching." (NLT)
The blessing of Moses upon the people of Israel reminds me of Jesus, the real blessing. The LORD dawning upon them calls to mind Jesus as the Morning Star in Revelation 22:16. In 2 Corinthians 4:6, "For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." God has uniquely "shown" Jesus in our hearts so we can see His glory. In Luke 1:79, Jesus is described as the One who will give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Jesus is described both as light and guide just like Deuteronomy 33:2-3.
Jesus is the One "who loved his people" enough to die for them. "But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) In His hands, He holds His holy ones; "I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand." (John 10:28) We follow in his steps; "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." (John 10:27). He is the One who teaches us; "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you." (John 14:26)
Jesus fulfills all the blessing of Moses on the Israelites. But He is not only the blessing to the Israelites. Galatians 3:14 says, "So that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith." Jesus is the blessing, and the fulfillment of all God's promises, "For all the promises of God find their Yes in him." (2 Corinthians 1:20)
My LORD Jesus Christ, You are the blessing, You are the promise. May we rest in You, the true blessing and promise.
I love the honesty of the last verse of Psalm 119. You would think after reading 175 verses of the psalmist proclaiming the perfection, splendor, and majesty of God's instruction, he would describe himself as a mature, faithful follower of the LORD. But instead, we read, "I have gone astray like a lost sheep"; come save me!
Isn't that the truth about us all? Yet, even in the going astray, "I do not forget your commandments."
Holy God and Father, thank You for Psalm 119. May Your Law be my delight. May Your Word truly be a lamp unto my feet and light to my path. Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments. Please come get me when I go astray.