Psalms of Honesty and Truth
If only I was more alert. If only I could see more clearly. If only I would have pushed harder. If only I would have backed off. If only I would have said something. If only I would have been silent. If only I would have kept my mouth shut. Our lives are full of “if only’s”. You can finish your own if only sentence from your past.
Today God is reminding us to worship ONLY Him, to hear the Word of God spoken through his messenger and to take action, trust and obey. He brings to mind the times His people did not obey and the results of their disobedience. “Open your mouth wide and I will fill it with good things”…if only.
Psalm 81, NLT
Sing praises to God, our strength.
Sing to the God of Jacob.
2 Sing! Beat the tambourine.
Play the sweet lyre and the harp.
3 Blow the ram’s horn at new moon,
and again at full moon to call a festival!
4 For this is required by the decrees of Israel;
it is a regulation of the God of Jacob.
5 He made it a law for Israel[b]
when he attacked Egypt to set us free.
I heard an unknown voice say,
6 “Now I will take the load from your shoulders;
I will free your hands from their heavy tasks.
7 You cried to me in trouble, and I saved you;
I answered out of the thundercloud
and tested your faith when there was no water at Meribah. Interlude
8 “Listen to me, O my people, while I give you stern warnings.
O Israel, if you would only listen to me!
9 You must never have a foreign god;
you must not bow down before a false god.
10 For it was I, the Lord your God,
who rescued you from the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.
11 “But no, my people wouldn’t listen.
Israel did not want me around.
12 So I let them follow their own stubborn desires,
living according to their own ideas.
13 Oh, that my people would listen to me!
Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths!
14 How quickly I would then subdue their enemies!
How soon my hands would be upon their foes!
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him;
they would be doomed forever.
16 But I would feed you with the finest wheat.
I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock.”
Right now to lay down the past “if only’s”, rejoice and splash around in the fountain of His grace and mercy. Praise God for our salvation. Then let us open our mouths and let God fill them with good things. Open our ears to hear, really hear what God has to say to us individually and corporately. Allow Him to provide for our needs as only our Heavenly Father can.
Exchange if only for….
I will only love You above all.
Then I will only love others like you love me, not for my gain but for your glory.
I will only worship You.
I will only obey Your will.
I will only follow Your Word.
I will only seek to please You.
I will only be saved by You and depend on You for provisions and protection.
In Jesus Name, Amen