It’s happened before on this day in my reading plan. As I’m working my way through my reading plan, before getting to the Psalms, I’m thinking that I might “pen” some words around Joshua’s “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). I read on and then think maybe I’ll talk about the fundamental nature of the parable of the sower–if we don’t get the importance of the seed falling on good soil, we’re kind of done (Mark 4:13). Or, as I read further, I think I might put together some thoughts on Paul’s warning to not allow our liberty in Christ to become a stumbling block to a brother or sister in Christ (1Cor. 8:9,13). But then I came to Psalm 81. And a promise of God jumps off the page that captures my imagination and ignites my soul.
I went back in my journal and read my reaction back in 2009 to this verse in the Psalm 81. Was good for my soul so decided to “re-run” it.
Ok, so they’re probably not images that we think of a whole lot or maybe even really took note of when we saw it. But I think we all have seen them, and understand them. Let me try and explain a couple of them.
First, it’s the baby or toddler in a high chair at feeding time. You dip the spoon in the food and then you hold it up in front of the little one and BOING! . . . their mouth flies open in anticipation. You move the spoon around and the open mouth follows it as if to say, “Here! Put ‘er here! It’s open. It’s as wide as I can get it. Deliver that sumptuous pabulum right here!”
Or imagine eating snowflakes? Ever been there? Ever seen that? Ever done that? The first major snowfall of the year . . . big, wet, individually crafted snowflakes floating down. And with faces turned heavenward, and with mouths opened as wide as you can stretch them you pursue those luscious flakes of water. Taking in as many as you can until you’re almost too dizzy to keep standing. Get the pictures? Now read this . . .
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. (Psalm 81:10 ESV)
When I’m reading in the morning, amongst other things I’m on the lookout for “commands to obey” and “promises to claim.” So how’s that for a command to obey . . . “Open your mouth wide”? How’s that for a promise to claim . . . “I will fill it”?
Amen and amen!
So often I walk with my eyes fixed ahead and my mouth closed. Not really zombie like, ’cause I know that this is the day the Lord has made and I seek to rejoice and be glad in it. But, if I’m honest, I’m thinking more about how to get through than I am about how to fill up. Not much sense of anticipation. Not much “wonder factor” happening. Not really full to the brim, but not really looking to get full either.
But what if I approached each day not wide-eyed but wide-mouthed? What if, after feeding on the word in the morning, I got up from my desk, got ready for work, and opened my mouth wide and said, “More, Lord, more!”
What if I sought to master the art of thirsting after the things of God (John 7:37) . . . of delighting myself in the Lord’s goodness (Ps. 37:4) . . . of wanting to know more of the love of Christ which passes knowledge (Eph. 3:19)?
What if on Sunday mornings when I gathered together with God’s people we came together with heads and hearts turned toward heaven? What if we were wide-mouthed expecting to receive the things God has for us . . . whether through our fellowship . . . our musical worship . . . or the preaching of the word?
“You do not have, because you do not ask” (James 4:2). How often is Sunday morning meeting just ho-hum because my head is down and my mouth is closed? Because I’m not really seeking to be filled?
But the God of deliverance says, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”
Do I believe the promise? He says that He will fill . . . satisfy . . . fulfill . . . complete . . . accomplish. God sees the mouth opened wide . . . He knows the thirsting after heaven . . . He’s aware of the hungering after righteousness. And He fills it . . . He hits the mark . . . He tops it up . . . “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Ps. 34:8)
He is the Filler . . . I am to be the mouth-opener.
Father, thank You for this bit of encouragement this morning. I confess that so often the “stuff” of day-to-day life has me distracted from living in anticipation of the day You have before me. My desire is to be more wide-mouthed . . . to seek more the filling You have for me . . . to thirst after You and to be satisfied by You alone!
By His grace . . . for His glory.
p.s. if you have 5 more minutes check out this video. It came to mind as I was writing. You gotta watch to the end and check out the scruffy guy and what he’s doing.