The writer is telling the people to rejoice because the Lord has delivered them out of the hand of bondage. GOD begins to speak and he directs them to listen and be diligent about what He was about to say. The people were rejoicing and GOD wanted their undivided attention. Sometimes we rejoice too long and do not hear what GOD is trying to say. GOD reminded His people that He had removed their burdens, they were set free and He rescued them. He warned them to have no other gods before Him. I thought that was pretty powerful to hear the Lord command them to Listen. Which tells me that they were not focused and GOD needed them to hear His instruction. He wanted them to know that He was the only GOD and that they must not worship another. What He had to say was very important. Sometimes GOD speaks and He wants us to listen up and obey. We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1 And when you hear you must obey. In Hebrews 3:15 it says, "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts..." It is very important that we hear the Lord and obey what He is saying.
There is a benefit in doing it GODs way. I know that sometimes we think we know what is best or GOD is taking too long so we take matters into our own hands. It may seem right but do not move until GOD says so. Listen to Him and He will reveal the enemies strategies before the enemy creates his plan of attack. If we listen and acknowledge GOD in all of our ways He will direct our path. Trust and obey there is no other way, believe GOD. In Jesus Name. Amen.
There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12 Listen to GOD.
While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. Hebrews 3:15 KJV
Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! 2 Begin the music, strike the timbrel, play the melodious harp and lyre. 3 Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival; 4 this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob. 5 When God went out against Egypt, he established it as a statute for Joseph. I heard an unknown voice say: 6 “I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. 7 In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. 8 Hear me, my people, and I will warn you— if you would only listen to me, Israel! 9 You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me. 10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. 11 “But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. 12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. 13 “If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways, 14 how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes! 15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever. 16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”