As I looked at this Psalm this morning, I realized the magnitude of faith. It is a reminder of how great God truly is. He not only brought our ancestors out of Egypt and freed them from slavery, but He fed them everything they needed in order to survive.
He spared them from plagues.
He spared them from what seemed like imminent death and parted the Red Sea for them to cross over and escape death.
He fed them manna – just enough each day.
He continued to help them win battles, endlessly.
He forgave them when they doubted and built idols to worship.
He raised mighty, great Kings from them.
He loved them through it all because they (atleast most of the time) trusted and praised Him.
Every time that I choose something over God, I am telling Him I don’t appreciate Him. Through my actions, I am saying to Him, “I don’t need you.”
Yet I know I do need Him. I cannot go a day without needing Him.
I might think that I can find everything that I need to survive on my own. I might tell myself that I don’t need any help to make it to the next day. I can twist the truth just enough so that I convince myself that I don’t need God.
The truth is: I DO NEED GOD. WE ALL NEED GOD.
Psalm 81:6-10 “I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Hear me, my people, and I will warn you— if you would only listen to me, Israel! You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me. I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
The Psalm tells us that He will set us free. He will take us away from whatever is enslaving us. He will even warn you about imminent danger. BUT in order for Him to do all that – you must place HIM higher than any other idol. YOU MUST PRAISE HIM ABOVE ALL.
What happens if you choose not to?
Psalm 81:11-12 “But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.
Oh man. How many times have I chosen this route in life? Too many to count. I have chosen that hard road. God has allowed my stubborn heart to follow my own path; the path that I think have control over, the one that gives me the illusion that I have complete and utter control over my life. That is so far from the truth.
I have told you all countless times that the Lord has placed on my heart that I need to let go of my idol: money. He continually asks me to let go of that idol and trust Him. It is one of the hardest pathways I have ever been down. I never thought I idolized money, until God placed this on my heart. Now I know the depth of my sin. I have tried to convince myself that what I am doing is justified. After all, why did God give us so much money to play with if he didn’t want us to have fun with it – right?
I truly believe that God puts us to the test to strengthen our faith. He lets us make difficult choices to strip us of our pride. Saying yes to God (#yestoGod) and no to an idol is hard stuff. It may not happen overnight. It might take continual prayer – which I have been doing since July 28th. God will show us back to His path; the one that he has prepared for us, the one where He will feed us all we need. We just have to say #yestoGod.
What is holding you back from God today? What are you idolizing? Pray about it. Ask God for help. Don’t just pray one day. Pray many days. Give yourself small goals to stomp out that sin. Know that I will praying for you along the road. Know that God WILL provide you with everything you need as long as you turn ALL of your heart over to Him.