“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates . . . Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.” (Deuteronomy 11:18-20, 22b, NLT)
These verses from Deuteronomy give us a good indication of what pleases God. Although God was speaking to the Israelites, it is clear to me that He desires these same things from us today. He wants us to remember His words and to keep them so close that they sit just above our eyes, on our foreheads, and at the front of our minds. He wants us to teach them to others, and to speak of them so often that they flow from our lips at home, as well as when we are riding on a plane, getting our coffee, or waiting for a bus. When we are tired and scooping our feet off the floor at night, and when we awaken in the morning and lift ourselves from bed, He wants us to be speaking of His ways. He wants His words displayed for others to see, on our gates and on our doorposts. He wants us to walk in His ways and to hold onto Him tightly. He asks us to stay close, to cling to Him, and to remember His words.