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March 1, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Deuteronomy 5-7
Audio: Deuteronomy 5-7

Psalm 81 (ESV)

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. Of Asaph

Sing aloud to God our strength;
    shout for joy to the God of Jacob!
Raise a song; sound the tambourine,
    the sweet lyre with the harp.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
    at the full moon, on our feast day.

For it is a statute for Israel,
    a rule of the God of Jacob.
He made it a decree in Joseph
    when he went out over the land of Egypt.
I hear a language I had not known:
“I relieved your shoulder of the burden;
    your hands were freed from the basket.
In distress you called, and I delivered you;
    I answered you in the secret place of thunder;
    I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
Hear, O my people, while I admonish you!
    O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
There shall be no strange god among you;
    you shall not bow down to a foreign god.
10 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.

11 “But my people did not listen to my voice;
    Israel would not submit to me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
    to follow their own counsels.
13 Oh, that my people would listen to me,
    that Israel would walk in my ways!
14 I would soon subdue their enemies
    and turn my hand against their foes.
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe toward him,
    and their fate would last forever.
16 But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
    and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. But my people did not listen to my voice;
        Israel would not submit to me.
    12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
        to follow their own counsels (Psalm 81:11-12)

    When God Gives You Over

    In the midst of celebration, praise, adoration and worship of the Lord (most likely during the Feast of Tabernacles), we are reminded of Israel's stubbornness and refusal to listen to God and submit to Him. The consequence of this is that God "gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels" (Psalm 81:12).

    But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness. They did not walk in my statutes but rejected my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; and my Sabbaths they greatly profaned. “Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them in the wilderness, to make a full end of them.

    We also read about God giving people over in Romans 1 when God gave people up "in the lusts of their hearts to impurity" (Romans 1:24) "because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator" (Romans 1:25).

    Romans 1:26-27 says, "For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error."

    In answering the question "What Does Scripture Mean When It Says 'God Gave Them Over'"?, John MacArthur said, "The phrase 'God gave them over' is a legal term that was used in the court to speak of a person who had been found guilty and was handed over for judgment. That is exactly the meaning in Romans 1. This is God's judgment on nations. 

    "What Romans 1 is describing happens over and over through all human history: nations know the truth about God; people know the truth about God; they reject the truth about God; they create false gods, they live according to their lusts. And there's a sequence: first – sexual immorality. Second – homosexuality. And thirdly – a repobate mind. And when you look at a nation or civilization and you see that nation honoring immorality, honoring homosexuality, and laughing and enjoying the repobate mind, you know that nation is under divine judgment. That is the wrath of God at work in that nation."

    Are there any areas of known rebellion towards God in us?

    Are our hearts stubborn towards God?

    Are we quick to get caught up in the excitement and celebration of God while refusing to listening to Him and not submit to Him?

    May it never be said of us that God gave us over! 

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Let the King of Glory Come In" by Joseph Alleine

    "Father of spirits, take my heart in your hand. My heart is too hard, and I am too weak. Do not give up on me, though I already have. Just a word from you, in your power, will do the work.

    You who have the key of David, you who opens what no person can shut, open this heart and come in, oh King of Glory.

    Make this soul your captive. Protect me from the delays of the tempter, until I turn from my sins and accept life on your self-denying terms. Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans) 

  2. Very interesting questions came to mind when I read this psalm this morning, questions that sent me on a search of the Scriptures and have given me pause for thought. May God bless the reading and studying of His word, for His glory! 

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