In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses addresses a new generation emerging from the wilderness march. He reminds them of the importance of obedience and stresses holiness as a way of life. In addition to these commandments, he stresses a very important point that sometimes gets lost in our understanding and our pursuit of doing. He tells them to “cleave unto the Lord your God.”
The word cleave means “to be joined together; to follow close (hard after); to cling to; to adhere.” In this context it has the idea of clinging to in affection and loyalty.
Parallel words and phrases that describe this proper attitude to the Lord are fear, serve, love, obey, swear by his name, walk in his ways, and keep his commandments.
Let’s take a look
But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day. (Deut. 4:4)
Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name. (Deut. 10:20)
Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. (Deut. 13:4)
Other verses to consider Deut. 11:22; 30:20; Joshua 22:5
As you are pursuing a life of obedience and holiness, are you cleaving to God? If you cleave to Him the obedience and holiness will follow.