Deuteronomy 1: 6 "The Lord our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:"
And so, they began to move about. Along the way, commandments were given and the nation was organized. Every step of the way was under the Lord's guidance.
v33 "Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day."
They multiplied to the point where Moses needed help judging the people.
v10 "The Lord your God hath multiplied you, and behold ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude."
The children of Israel at first rebelled and refused to fight which angered the Lord and he turned them to the wilderness. In rebellion they decided to fight but did not have the Lord with them and were soundly defeated.
v34-35 "And the Lord heard the voice of your words and was wroth and sware saying. Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers."
This chapter reminds Israel of their fathers who would not go up into Canaan to posses it. It also makes it clear that it was the Lord who led them in all their journeys. They could do anything with the Lord but nothing without him.
Psalm 9:4 "For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right."