“It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed” (v6,8). Moses said these words to Joshua, Israel’s new leader, “in the sight of all Israel” (v7), because both Joshua and the people needed encouragement. Moses was about to die, and Joshua was God’s chosen new leader, yet the people needed to put their trust in God before allowing Joshua to lead them.
“It is the Lord who goes before you” (v6). When we believe God Himself walks with us, fights our battles, and is our real King, we have the confidence to follow the leaders He gives us.