Saturday, October 15, 2005

The Benefits of Heeding

Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you!
O Israel, if you will listen to Me!
There shall be no foreign god among you;
Nor shall you worship any foreign god.
I am the LORD your God,
Who brought you out of the land of Egypt;
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
But My people would not heed my voice,
And Israel would have none of Me.
So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart,
To walk in their own counsels.

Oh, that My people would listen to Me,
That Israel would walk in My ways.
I would soon subdue their enemies,
And turn My hand against their adversaries.
The haters of the LORD would pretend submission to Him,
But their fate would endure forever.
He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat;
And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.
(Psalm 81:8-16)
In Psalm 81, the Lord reveals the benefits of heeding His voice (to heed is to listen and obey).

  • If you listen to the voice of the LORD and walk in His ways, you will not subject yourself to any foreign gods. You will not be enslaved to false ideas and false affections.
  • You will open your mouth wide, enlarge your expectations, and God will fulfill them.
  • You will not be given over to your own stubborn heart and walk in your own feeble counsels. Your heart will be pliable toward the Lord and you will walk in His wisdom and guidance.
  • Your enemies will be subdued. You will no longer be in subjection to them — the LORD will bring them under subjection to you. (Understand that people are not your real problem—they are not your enemies). Yes, those who hate the LORD might pretend to submit to Him for a time, but their days are numbered.
  • God will prosper you with the best and the sweetest, and you would be fully satisfied.
Jesus put it this way:
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock; and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand; and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it fell. And great was its fall. (Matthews 7:24-27)
Heed the voice of the LORD, built your house on the Rock and enjoy the benefits.