“Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him. Then the Lord will drive out all the nations ahead of you, though they are much greater and stronger than you, and you will take over their land. Wherever you set foot, that land will be yours. Your frontiers will stretch from the wilderness in the south to Lebanon in the north, and from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.[a] No one will be able to stand against you, for the Lord your God will cause the people to fear and dread you, as he promised, wherever you go in the whole land.
First of all, the first highlighted verse talks about how we should love the Lord, our God. He commands us by walking in His ways (notice this is emphasized by Jesus in the New Testament too?) This verse adds by holding tightly to Him; in other translations, it says cling. God wants us to work with Him, love Him by obeying His command.
He promises that whatever befalls, nothing will come against us. By holding onto HIm tightly and trusting His very promises, everything is cared for. God has already said we must fear Him. Even the unbelievers fear and doubt God.
About two years ago, I was awaked to a very strong tug and realized God was trying to tell me something. A few months later, I moved to D.C. I had a meeting the day after I moved there at Gallaudet University. But it was shaken by a rare earthquake, at the very same moment I stepped onto campus.
I don’t believe it was a coincidence that an earthquake struck the very moment I walked onto the campus. I believe this land is called for a much greater purpose and it wasn’t necessarily a warning or a threat as most people proclaim.
The verse also comforts us in times when we feel neglected but trust God that we can go to Him. Now that’s love!