Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it

—Psalm 81

  • Andrew Fountain – Dec 30, 2018

 
 
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The Bible

                    Psalms                    

The Book of Psalms

Book 1
1–41
Book 2
42–72
Book 3
73–89
Book 4
90–106
Book 5
107–150

The Middle book of Psalms

73 75 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89

W. Robert Godfrey (2013)

What does the church most need today?
In answering this important but rather general question, Psalm 81 is uniquely important and helpful.
This psalm obviously contains beautiful promises and clear directions to help the people of God. But careful study of this psalm will deepen our appreciation of it, increase its value for us, and show us how distinctive it is for helping the church.

Psalm 81

  1. Listen, O my people, while I speak earnestly to you!
    O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
  2. I am the LORD your God,
          who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
          Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
  3. I would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
          and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.

Psalm 81

Deut 6:5–6 the Shema

Listen (Shema), Israel:
The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!

You must love the LORD your God
      with all your mind,
      with all your being,
      and with all your strength.

Deuteronomy 11:13

  • So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul (NIV)
  • literally:
  • So if you Shema’ingly Shema the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul

Psalm 81

Problems:

  • Is this about earning God’s favour through works?
  • It this not the wrong motivation?

Psalm 81

  1. Listen, O my people, while I speak earnestly to you!
          O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
  2. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
  3. I would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
          and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.

Problems:

  • Is this about earning God’s favour through works?
  • It this not the wrong motivation?
  • Why does God not force us to listen so he can bless us?

Problems with “hearing” God

  • How do I what God is saying?
    Guidance is so hard—how do I know what I should be doing?
  • Mary vs Martha —how do we sit at his feet?
  • God is pleading with you now: Read the words I have written to you!
  • He is pleading with you to give you the opportunity of being satisfied by him
  • Will you open your mouth wide?

Psalm 81 & John 4

  1. Listen, O my people, while I speak earnestly to you!
          O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
  2. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
  3. I would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
          and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.
  4. Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,
  5. but whoever drinks of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again.
    The water that I will give will become in them a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.

Will you listen/shema in 2019?
There is so much God has for you!