July 14, 2017

Today you should read: Psalm 81

Have you ever had someone in your life or currently know someone who is straying? This person is wandering off the path they should be on and is now lost and can’t seem to get back on the path that they should be on. Many of us know people that are in this very situation. Many of us have even been that person ourselves.

In this Psalm we see the people of Israel have wondered off the path. The Psalmist reviews the covenant and urges them to embrace it. Verses 11-16 describe the sad fact that God’s people stopped listening to His voice. This is the point when we as believers will find ourselves wandering. All the while God is still there desiring for the people of Israel to turn back to Him. He has so much more in store for them if they would only come back and stop wandering.

When we find ourselves or those we love and care about wandering, it is so important to do what Psalm 81 does.

1. Be reliant on and worshipful of God

2. Remember how God has always been faithful

3. Recognize that God calls us to worship Him alone

4. Turn to Him and listen.

God’s desire is to give us life in abundance, and our flesh’s desire is to accept a lesser life. By leaning into God and listening to Him faithfully we will not wander.

By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

1 thought on “July 14, 2017”

  1. “So I let them follow their own stubborn desires,
    living according to their own ideas.
    Oh, that my people would listen to me!
    Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths!
    How quickly I would then subdue their enemies!
    How soon my hands would be upon their foes!”

    For me, this is a wonderful reminder of the freeing grace of God – that he is more than willing to let us plow ahead and do our own thing, but quick to love on us and give everything he’s got when we finally decide to listen to him again.

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