“Are you listening?” (Psalm, 81;88;92-93)

“Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!” Psalm 81:13

“What did you say?”  This was the question my dad kept asking as we traveled together to his doctors appointment.  It is clear, my dad has a hearing problem.  Years of exposure to heavy equipment without ear protection has greatly affected my dad’s hearing.

Question:  “Are you and I hearing God correctly?”

In Psalm 81 we see a clear call to both praise the Lord (Vs: 1-3) and to listen to the Lord (Vs: 8-9).

The readers had every reason to praise the Lord. He had delivered them from bondage, provided their every need, and had given them the law to govern their daily lives, (Vs: 4-7).  But instead of praising and listening to Him, they chose to praise and to listen to other God’s, (Vs: 11-12).

The Psalmist pleads with the people to turn to God with every question and to open their hearts to receive God’s answers, (Vs: 13-17).

Question:  “Are you and I hearing God correctly?”

My dad cannot hear men’s voices correctly without help.  You and I cannot hear God’s voice without the help of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit teaches us God’s Word, I John 2:27; II Peter 1:18-21, as we open our spiritual ears to listen.

This day I am mindful of the following:

  • Our God leads us through difficult days (Psalm 88).
  • Our God makes us productive even to old age as we listen to Him (Psalm 92).
  • Our God reigns over everything and everyone (Psalm 93).

I want to listen to this glorious God in whom is worthy of praise.  Take time to read the below scripture and listen as you read.  Ephesians 1:15-22

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love[a] toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,

“Lord, I am listening to you!!!”

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