PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Psalm 81
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!” (Psalm 81:1)
What stands out for me in today’s psalm is the opening line… sing for joy!
The psalm explains the reasons for joy, and how the people reject God’s grace.
Sing for joy, shout aloud (so people can hear), there is every reason to celebrate.
“Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” (81:10)
Is it possible that one reason my heart is empty because my mouth is closed?
What if I would “shout aloud” more about God, and all that God does for me?
What if praise (singing for joy) not only follows God’s grace, but fills me with it?
“For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45)
Where is the focus of my heart, and how is that showing through my mouth?
I hear the Lord telling me that praise actually helps fill the empty soul.
It focuses my attention on God and all my blessings from God.
It can also help me to resist temptation, distraction and discouragement.
Maybe this is the reason that I feel spiritually empty and unsatisfied!
“You will be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I will satisfy you.” (81:16)
Lord, too often my mouth is grumbling or rambling instead of praising. Remind me that the mouth is the overflow of the heart, and that you give me plenty of reasons for joy!