God’s blessing is not through using right methods, but quietening our hearts to listen to him. Yet the voice challenges-
Blow the ram’s horn at new moon, and again at full moon to call a festival! Psalm 81:3NIV
God called on his people to hold a festival every two weeks at new moon and full moon. In our busy, busy culture – a waste of time!
I heard an unknown voice say, “Now I will take the load from your shoulders; I will free your hands from their heavy tasks. Psalm 81:6NIV
This same voice commits to take off our load. Yet this load is carried with a sense of Christian duty. So, can I listen or will I continue my self-destructive drives?
You cried to me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered out of the thundercloud and tested your faith when there was no water at Meribah. Psalm 81:7NIV
The voice calls when we are in the wasteland calling for water. When we are in trouble we discover our deepest motivations.
You … must not bow down before a false god. For it was I, the Lord your God, who rescued you … Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it … Psalm 81:9-10NIV
When I am in trouble can I settle down and wait for him to feed me?
Those who hate the Lord … would be doomed forever. But I would feed you with the finest wheat… Psalm 81:15-16NIV
Do I hate or trust? Do I receive doom or blessing?