Thursday, March 18, 2010

Psalm 81


Denise said...

"Israel's holidays reminded the nation of God's great miracles. They were times of rejoicing and times to renew one's strength for life's daily struggles. At Christmas, do your thoughts revolve mostly around presents? Is Easter only a warm anticipation of spring and Thanksgiving only a good meal? Remember the spiritual origins of these special days, and use them as opportunities to worship God for his goodness to you, your family, and your nation."

Prairie Chick said...

that was the first thing that kind of caught my attention too, the thought of how God ordained celebrations to bring our minds to worship of Him. I love to celebrate, I love tradition, I love taking time to contemplate deep riches and blessing through our surroundings and the passing of the seasons, and the connection of everything to the creator and Lord of all.

The other thing that really hit me was the whole last part from 8-16;

"My people, listen. I am warning you. Israel, please listen to me! (doesn't that just give you a lump in your throat and a fluttering of the heart?!) "You must not have foreign gods; you must not worship any false god. I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of Egypt. Open your mouth and I will feeed you. (that one too, I just dwelt on those words for five minutes straight!)

But my people did not listen to me; Israel did not want me (gulp). So I let them go their stubborn way and follow their own advice. (this part just made me think of the prodigal son!) I wish my people would listen to me. I wish Israel would live my way. Then I would quickly defeat their enemies.....

But I would give you the finest wheat and fill you with honey from the rocks."

What a passage. This is literature at its finest. This is truth at its rawest. This is moving, moving stuff. I do NOT want to go my stubborn way. I want to walk in His path and experience daily that feeding by His hand and that taste of honey brought from rocks.

Oh Lord, lead us in paths of righteousness!

Jude said...

My heart also pounded a bit harder when I read many verses saying if you will just follow I will bless you beyond your imaginings but you always turn away. As a parent it breaks my heart. As the child, I know it is true.

I hope I celebrate enough. It is not my specialty as it is for some. Perhaps it should get bumped up on the priority list.....Easter would be a good time to start. =)