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I am intrigued by God’s invitation to us to “Open our mouth wide and He will fill it.” That was God’s invitation to Israel and is His invitation to us in Psalm 81. Verses 1-5 of Psalm 81 are a song of praise to God for His blessing. Verses 6-16 are God’s words.
First, God reveals the plan for our lives. God’s plan for your life is for Him to bless you. The Psalmist would have been familiar with the covenant promises to Abraham, Moses, Joshua, and David. If Israel would obey they would have a life of blessing. They would not necessarily be free from problem, but the overall sum of their life would be blessing. God desires to do that in our lives. He wants to bless us. He wants us to depend totally on Him. The imagery in verse 10 makes us kind of squirm, but it really is a beautiful analogy. We have all heard that some birds feed their young by spitting into their mouths. The baby bird must open their mouths in order to be fed. So it is in our relationship with God. The only way to be blessed is to open our mouth. The analogy seems to indicate that the more we open ourselves to God, the more He will bless us.
The only way to experience fully the plan of God for your life is to give yourself completely to Him. Let nothing hinder your dependence or submission to Him.
Verse 11 is a sad commentary on Israel. Verse 11 also describes many Christians today. They might say they have a relationship with Christ, but they do not listen to Him or obey Him. Notice God’s words in verse 11. Notice that he identifies them as “my people.” We might assume that unbelievers would not listen to God. However, it grieves God when His people do not obey Him. In what ways has the church of Jesus Christ today not listened to God? In what ways have you, perhaps, been guilty of knowing what God says to do, but doing something else? Repent of that sin today, because not only are you sinning against a holy God, but you are blocking God’s blessing from your life.
Verse 11 is a sad verse, but verse 12 is a scary verse. The scary implication of this verse is that there is a point in our lives where God might give us over to a particular sin area.
Right after God says that He is through with Israel, His love compels Him to offer a plea of repentance. God deals with us in the same kind of way. He cannot give up on us. Sometimes we deserve punishment, but God continually holds out His love. Here is what grace is all about. God longs to have a relationship with each of us. He wants to be our Lord. He wants to fight for us and subdue our enemies.
The invitation is rather simple as outlined in verse 15 and 16. If we choose to disobey the Lord we can expect punishment. If we choose to obey the Lord we can anticipate blessing.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com. Animated video by www.thebibleproject.com.