From God’s Mouth to Your Ears
Psalm 81 is an interesting psalm. The writer ends the psalm with words as if they were from God’s mouth. The psalm has to do with the nation of Israel’s rebellion and God’s desire for His people to return to Him. Here is a portion of what “God” says: “Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you! O Israel, if you will listen to Me! 9 There shall be no foreign god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god. 10 I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” That’s a pretty good promise from God but it is contingent on their obedience. Unfortunately, this psalm records that God’s people would not heed His voice and that God gave them “over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels”.
If you and I refuse to obey God, He will give us over to our own stubborn heart and if you are honest with yourself, you have one of those kind of hearts and so do I. Even when we have been changed by Jesus Christ, and given a new heart, we are still susceptible to acting like we’ve not been changed, guided by our stubborn heart. The cure for a stubborn heart is obedience to God. The cure to walking in our own counsel is to walk in God’s counsel. It’s not difficult…but it does require submission to God. I hope that you will heed God’s voice here in Psalm 81. You won’t regret it.