I read this today, because I realized and confessed that I had not spent much time with God over the Christmas break. All I did was listen to my local Family Life radio which if you would like to hear can be heard at 997.org.
I kept the peace of the Lord in my heart but it was like I was on vacation from God. There is a difference between having God in your heart and being with God daily.
Psalm 81 Is a psalm that starts with rejoicing in the name of the Lord and then the Lord answers with reply and confirmation of what He did, but soon after instruction and almost correction of how the people of Israel should be living.
This psalm struck me as I read verses 8, 9, and 10
8 "Hear, O my people, and I will warn you-
if you would but listen to me, O Israel!
9 You shall have no foreign god among you;
you shall not bow down to an alien god.
10 I am the LORD your God,
who brought you up out of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
All we need is to listen to Him and that's what I havn't been doing very well lately. His words are right here... His Holy Instructions are right here.
When we don't listen to God~ we are among foreign gods. They don't have names like zues and neptune or mother nature. They are called pride, selfishness, greed and all other forms of self reliance that we turn to in order to be feed and fulfilled.
I relied on myself over Chirstmas break and God certainly opened my eyes to that today.
God is saying here that we put ourselves in Danger when we do not listen to Him and He "will warn us" of our future doom by making it very clear that we are not hearing Him. When you know God for a while and you dedicate yourself to Him once, you may feel at times uncomfortable because you cannot escape God and his love after He knows your name. In fact there is no way to escape God's love because He knows you before you are even born.
If your life seems a bit distant from God, you may need to make a change....
That change starts simply in the Bible
That change is as simple as taking a little time in the Word.... just like I took a couple seconds to crack open the word tonight. I opened randomly in psalms and read the first thing I saw.
I am grateful to God that He put Psalms in a good mid place in the Bible so that in our desperate need we can drop or open randomly to a place in our Bible and it happens to be psalms most the time.
I pray that some of you chose to make that change.... because just like God said in verse 10 "I am the Lord your God who brought you up out of Egypt.... all the same He will be the God that brings you out of your troubles, sets you high on the shelf in His presence, sets a table of peaceful eating between you and your enemies, rescues, comforts and protects.
God Bless you all, and don't dispair, God's plan for your life is prosperity.
May it start with faith.