A Season of Psalms - Psalm 81:9-10
“There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god. I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
In July, Comfort Baptist sent 17 members of our youth group to Highland Lakes Camp near Austin. The camp speaker challenged our students from John 14:6 to make a choice between the world’s philosophy of life or the rock-solid truth of God’s word. Nine of our students chose to hand control of their lives over to Christ and allow His truth to be their guide. By accepting Christ as their personal Savior and confessing that He is the ONLY way, the ONLY truth, and the ONLY life, they affirmed their commitment to know God’s truth, walk in it daily, speak it unashamedly, and embrace it wholeheartedly. Continue to pray for our students as they seek to draw nearer to the heart of God day-by-day.
We find in Psalm 81 that the people of Israel were faced with a similar challenge: friendship with the world or friendship with God. Israel wanted to be like the nations around them, an insidious problem that didn’t go away with a perfunctory prayer. God sent prophets and judges and kings to lead Israel to repentance and restoration. Their hearts would vacillate from “Look at what God has done for us!” to “What has God done for us lately?” In the fullness of time, God sent His only begotten Son to redeem the world…and Israel turned on Him, continuing in their stubbornness and crucifying the King of glory. We, like Israel, are guilty of wandering and turning to our own way. But God has a way of drawing us back to Him. Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah and God withheld destruction. Israel and Judah endured painful exiles and longed for the Lord. God says in verse 10, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” A wide-open mouth means that you hunger. Birds in a nest wait in anticipation with wide-open mouths to receive sustenance from the mother. We open ourselves to receive the goodness of God Himself, and when we taste and see that the Lord is good, He fills us with all the fullness of His Spirit.
After the Israelites crossed the Jordan and Joshua divided the land among the tribes, he addressed them as a nation at Shechem, saying, “Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” By serving the Lord, we offer ourselves unequivocally to His rule over our lives and allow Him to fill us at His discretion. Have you been filled lately? When we’re filled with Him, we’ll never run dry!
Further Reading: Galatians 2:20; Joshua 24:14-28
Pray with me:
Lord Jesus, from this day forward I choose You, You alone, above all else. This world has nothing that I could possibly desire more than You, for in You I find life and joy and peace. You are my way, my truth, and my life. I give you my heart…I give you my soul…I live for You alone. Every breath that I take, every moment I’m awake, Lord, have Your way in me. In Your name I pray, Amen.