Today From Psalms
Few people like to speak and not be heard. While this is true in a very general sense, it is even more offensive to us when what we have to say is important to us. The offenses and broken relationships that have occurred because of this are without number. It happens between husbands and wives, parent and child as well as among people in general with whom we associate. Yet man goes on with his selective hearing and as a result is missing so much he should have heard and given attention to.
This is not only the way we treat others, we do the same with God. In Psalm 81:8 God calls out to His people saying: “Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me.” The words “hear” and “hearken” are the same and mean to hear intelligently. We are not just to hear his voice and pass it off, but we are to hear with the intent of obeying what He says. I fear that we are far too guilty of approaching the Bible as we would a lunch cafeteria. We chose what we want to hear and obey leaving the rest behind.
God wants us to hear Him attentively because he wants to “testify” or admonish us. What does God wish to admonish us about? “There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.” (Verse 9)
This is God’s fundamental law. It is the basis of our relationship with Him. If we do not worship God exclusively we will eventually depart from God in other areas. Without a worship of God exclusively, then I feel more at liberty to make myself a “part-time god” choosing what I will hear and obey and what I do not want to hear and obey.
God spoke of Israel’s attitude toward Him regarding this very thought. “But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.” (Verse 11)
Is this true of us today? I believe it often is too true of us. Now would be a good time to realize God is God alone and my responsibility is to hear and obey Him in all things.