What Does Deuteronomy 33:27 Mean?

"The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms; And He drove out the enemy from before you, And said, 'Destroy!'

Deuteronomy 33:27(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Little by little, the eternal Lord of the universe and the omniscient Creator of humanity graciously unveiled Himself to mankind, and Moses discovered Him to be a refuge and a dwelling place.

He discovered Him to be a place of protection in the storms of life and a source of comfort in the trials that surrounded the children of Israel in their pilgrimage, through their wilderness walk, for underneath are His everlasting arms, to uphold and to support, to embrace and to save in the midst of the enemies that surrounded them.

Moses found Him to be gentle to His people, while His mighty power and everlasting strength saved them from the enemies who sought their destruction. The pillar of cloud and pillar of fire, which was such a comfort and source of protection for the Israelites, gave confusion to their enemy. God parted the Red Sea to save the Israelites, but used the same waves to crash down on their enemies, causing utter destruction.

And during all those years of wilderness wandering, day by day, the children of Israel learned by firsthand experience that the eternal God was their refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms. Conflict by conflict, they witnessed firsthand the Lord driving out their enemies, destroying them.

And little by little, the eternal Lord similarly unveils Himself to His people today, through His Word and by His Spirit. We too discover Him to be a Source of refuge and a dwelling place of safety.

We too find Him to be our protection in the midst of a crooked generation that seeks us harm us, and we too discover that the eternal God is indeed our refuge and strength, for underneath are His everlasting arms of support, strength, and protection.

My Prayer

Loving Father, the greatness of Your eternal majesty is only equalled by Your gracious love and support to Your children. Thank You that You are my refuge and strength amidst all the storms of life. Uphold me with Your righteous right hand, and may I find rest for my soul in Your everlasting arms. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

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