Joshua 23:8 “But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.”
To his word, worship, and ordinances. Externally, by close adherence to them, and strict observation of them. And internally, by strong affection to him, hope, trust, and confidence in him. Expectation of all good things from him, and constant application to him for help in all times of need. And a fixed dependence on him.
“As ye have done unto this day”: That is, since they came into the land of Canaan, and had been under the government of Joshua. For otherwise, while in the wilderness, they frequently revolted from God, and murmured against him. And this is to be understood not of individuals, who doubtless were guilty of various failings and sins, but of the whole body. And with respect to any notorious offence, particularly idolatry, which they had not fallen into since they came into the land of Canaan, and had very lately shown great zeal against it. Not only the tribes on this side, but those on the other side Jordan, as the preceding chapter largely relates.
The following is how much we should love the Lord.
Luke 10:27 “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.”
This is not an option. It is a requirement, if you are to belong to Him.