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Gracious God, Hearing Heart (Or, Listen Up!) -Psalm 81

Jun 24, 2022 Topic: Sermon Devotional Series: Guest Speaker Scripture: Psalm 81

O to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be! Let Thy goodness, like a fetter Bind my wandering heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.
Thus writes the author of the hymn, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”
And isn’t it true? 
God is the Fount of every blessing. 
He has granted to you every goodness in His Son, Jesus.
Yes, what is your response to God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ?
How prone are you to wander and leave the God you love, the God who has loved you?
Very prone indeed.
We can read a passage like Psalm 81 and shake our heads at those nasty Israelites who were rescued from slavery by God and yet refused to hear and heed God.
But these things were written about them for our sake, that we would understand our sinful and idolatrous inclinations, even as God’s people, and cultivate a life that hears and obeys God.
That’s why the writer to the Hebrews, in quoting Psalm 95, repeatedly warns God’s New Testament people (Heb 3:7-8, 15; 4:7): 
“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”
Do not scorn God’s Word even in the most seemingly smallest things.
Do not refuse the life of Christ-like obedience.
Do not delay nor outsource your duty to honor God in all things.
Listen to your gracious God and live.