That he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them. Deuteronomy 17:19b
The king copied God’s word and carried that word with him, but it would be of no use to him unless he committed himself to it. Not only was the king to read the law, he was expected to keep the law by actively fulfilling all that God commanded.
“…that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left.”
Our focus is to be on the Lord, and him alone. When we take our eyes off him and onto those around us, we can too easily fall into the Pharisee trap – those who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and proclaimed their thankfulness that they were not like others (Luke18). They may have been hearers of God’s law but they were not doers, and they were arrogant in their humility. A far cry from what the Lord requires.
“The one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” James 1:25
By committing our lives to the will and the way of the Lord, we protect ourselves from outside influences, for when we walk with Him, he walks with us. “This God – his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him” (Ps 18:30).
Sometimes we need to bring ourselves back into a place of reverent fear of the Lord and recommit ourselves to the doing of his word: Do justly… Love mercy… Walk humbly.