Psalm 81

I read Psalm 81 this morning and found such a truth within it that I could not deny.

“Hear me, my people, and I will warn you-

if you would only listen to me, Israel!

You shall have no foreign god among you;

you shall not worship any god other than me.

I am the Lord your God,

who brought you up out of Egypt.

Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

But my people would not listen to me;

Israel would not submit to me.

So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts

to follow their own devices.

If my people would only listen to me,

if Israel would only follow my ways,

how quickly I would subdue their enemies

and turn my hand against their foes!

Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him,

and their punishment would last forever.

But you would be fed with the finest of wheat;

with honey from the  rock I would satisfy you.

Psalm 81:8-16

These eight verses hold so many truths for our own lives. We are commanded to not put anything before God, to not be idolators. But how often do we seek satisfaction from things or people that aren’t God? He wants to satisfy us, He wants to fill us. When we delight in Him, He gives us our heart’s desires. But instead we look to others, thinking they’re the ones that will bring us the most joy. No wonder we wander off the path He has laid out for us. No wonder we find ourselves in dangerous territory and destructive waters. He will shield us from these things that destroy us and eat us alive, but only if we look to Him for what He most longs to give. He is our satisfaction.

Today let Him be your everything.

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3 comments

  1. whatdoiknowofholy

    AWESOME post, Jessie! Something I think we all struggle with at some point, and for me it’s been a constant battle lately. The part, “So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts” hits me every time because it reminds me that God allows us to make foolish mistakes, but He never makes us do them. He simply gives us over to our stubborn hearts or temptations. Hope KSU is going well! :) Keep on writing!

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